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NYC police pay nearly $1BIL (in 10 years)in payouts to resolve claims, thoughts?

NEW YORK – The fiancee and friends of an unarmed man killed in a 50-bullet police shooting on his wedding day said they wanted justice. The legal system gave them money — more than $7 million.

The city did what it has done time and time again: pay.

Nearly $1 billion has been paid over the past decade to resolve claims against the nation's largest police department, according to an investigation by The Associated Press. Some smaller departments also shell out tens of millions a year in payouts, but New York's spending on police claims dwarfs that of any other U.S. city.

Taxpayers foot the bill — New York officials say the payments cost less than insurance would, and officers themselves don't usually bear personal responsibility.

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sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 10:29 AM on Oct. 14, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • The $964 million in payouts covers everything from brutality cases to patrol-car wrecks to stationhouse accidents, and it includes settlements and trial awards. Some police officers have been sued again and again — including one officer at least seven times on excessive force and brutality claims. Some law firms have made it their primary business to sue the city.


    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_police_payouts;_ylt=AsvAxgfMAs2RWdL3BnNR5Pe9IxIF;_ylu=X3oDMTJ2ZDFzcGU5BGFzc2V0Ay9zL2FwL3VzX3BvbGljZV9wYXlvdXRzBGNjb2RlA21wX2VjXzhfMTAEY3BvcwM0BHBvcwM0BHNlYwN5bl90b3Bfc3RvcmllcwRzbGsDYXBpbnZlc3RpZ2F0

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 10:30 AM on Oct. 14, 2010

  • soon they will not have any money anyway, the rich are moving out because of taxes.
    gammie

    Answer by gammie at 10:34 AM on Oct. 14, 2010

  • I'm sure the tax payers are thrilled.
    lovinangels

    Answer by lovinangels at 10:38 AM on Oct. 14, 2010

  • NY is on the fast track to be forever bankrupt like California. Idiots
    itsmesteph11

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 6:39 PM on Oct. 14, 2010

  • Somewhere there are accident and personal injury ambulance-chasing lawyers out there living high on the hog!!
    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 7:30 PM on Oct. 14, 2010

  • Somewhere there are accident and personal injury ambulance-chasing lawyers out there living high on the hog!!


    and somewhere there are cops that are constantly beating teh shit out of people, being found liable for police brutality and they get their gun and nadge back and on the street they go

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 7:34 PM on Oct. 14, 2010

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