September 11, 2010

Yesterday, the lawyer for embattled Officer Adrian Schoolcraft released a new audio recording made by a different officer that seemed to leave no doubt that quotas do exist within the NYPD. Today, the NYPD responded to the allegations and the tapes, and were quite unimpressed: "What you’re hearing on the tapes, assuming they’re valid, is just good management," said Deputy Commissioner of Public Information, Paul Browne...New York Civil Liberties Union Director Donna Lieberman said she has long suspected officers were writing tickets to meet certain numbers, and she calls these recordings the proof: “If its going on with regard to parking tickets, isn’t it also happening, and we know it’s happening with regard to stop and frisks." Currently, NY state has an antiquota statute, which outlaws them for tickets, summonses, arrests and stop, question-and-frisk encounters, and prohibits using quotas as a consideration for punishment. The Village Voice has a nice rundown of all the local coverage and events involving Schoolcraft's allegations and lawsuit, and the subsequent fallout.