Second cop confirms NYPD arrest quotas

Two officers this week have taken stand in landmark stop-and-frisk trial to speak on illegal quota system

Published March 21, 2013 6:43PM (EDT)

As noted here earlier this week, suspended NYPD officer Adhyl Polanco testified Tuesday in the landmark Floyd vs. City of New York trial that his supervisors pushed quotas for stop-and-frisk searches and arrests. Polanco's statements came the same day that an audio recording, leaked to The Nation, revealed that the police union colluded with NYPD on setting a monthly quota of 20 summonses and one arrest per officer. While the NYPD has denied operating a quota system -- which would be illegal -- yet another cop has come forward to testify that quotas are very much at work. Via Raw Story:

A second New York Police Department officer confirmed Wednesday that the department’s management continued using a system of quotas for arrests and citations even after the legislature explicitly banned the practice.

Appearing in court to give testimony in a class action lawsuit against the NYPD, officer Pedro Serrano, 43, said he was labeled a “rat” for refusing to bring in the 20 citations and one arrest per month required of him.

“They said, ‘Hey, this is the way it is, you can’t fight a losing battle,’” he said on the witness stand

By Natasha Lennard

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