NYPD Officer Says Precinct Used Illegal Quotas

Officer Craig Matthews says precinct officers were told to make a certain number of arrests

Monday, Apr 9, 2012  |  Updated 8:57 AM EDT
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The New York Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of a New York City policeman who says he was punished for complaining about quotas.

Officer Craig Matthews has worked in the 42nd Precinct in the Bronx since 1999.

He says he was punished with a poor evaluation, threats and bad assignments.

Matthews says that, among other things, precinct officers were told to make a certain number of arrests.

He says the precinct leaders kept color-coded records to show who was meeting quotas and who wasn't. He says officers were punished when quotas weren't met. Police officials said the records don't show quotas, but show enforcement activity in general areas.

Quotas are prohibited when officers are punished for failing to achieve goals.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday.

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