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In what is being referred to as “the largest false-arrest class-action lawsuit in the city’s history,” New York City will be forced to pay out $75 million dollars because its police wrote not just hundreds, not just thousands, but hundreds of thousands of illegal citations.
In fact, it was over 900,000 citations handed out since 2007 without probable cause.
The reason? Reportedly to meet quotas.
The majority of the offenses were for minor things like drinking in public or trespassing.
In the lawsuit, Stinson v. City of New York, the plaintiffs argued that the New York Police Department (NYPD) had been engaging in “a pattern and practice of stopping, seizing, and issuing summonses to individuals without probable cause, in violation of the First, Fourth, Fifth, Eighth, and 14th Amendments.”
Lawyers for the plaintiffs have called the lawsuit the largest false-arrest class-action lawsuit in the city’s history, with nearly a million summonses issued since 2007 for minor offenses, such as disorderly conduct, trespassing, urinating and drinking alcohol in public. (source)
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