Capital New York Councilman considers hearing on allegations of NYPD quotas by Azi Paybarah
Councilman Ben Kallos of Manhattan said Monday that he may hold a hearing into allegations that members of New York Police Department destroyed documents that would show the agency has a quota system for summonses—something top cops have denied for years.
”Destruction of evidence is a serious charge and one that the courts will have to decide on as they move forward," said Kallos, chairman of the Council's government operations committee. "The allegations in this case are troubling for anyone who has ever received a ticket they felt was unfair.”
The allegations were made by a lawyer in a class action lawsuit against the NYPD, and were published in a front page Daily News story on Monday. Attorney Elinor Sutton supplied the newspaper with text messages and emails she said she obtained from whistleblowers showing NYPD brass demanding that officers write a minimum number of summonses and tickets per shift.
Sutton says somebody must have destroyed copies of the emails and text messages because the NYPD and lawyers for the city have not handed them over to the court, even though she requested that they do so. The city has said the documentation does not exist.
In a statement to Capital, Kallos said he will be "looking into this matter, and will consider a hearing on both these allegations and how we can provide improved enforcement information to our communities.”
Kallos also touted his legislation calling for the NYPD to include GPS information for “every criminal and non-criminal summons, violation or ticket" and make that information available online in order to analyze police enforcement activity and trends.