NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Is the NYPD’s CompStat program causing bias against minorities? One officer thinks so, and he’s been talking about his legal battle.
Police officer Edwin Raymond is suing the NYPD over what he called illegal quotas. He said arrests should show productivity and the numbers go against the relationships the department is trying to achieve, 1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa reported.
“Being from the community, you’re expected to have a natural compassion for the community, but this is completely undermined,” Raymond said.
Fellow officers, both active and retired, stood beside Raymond Tuesday as he discussed his lawsuit.
Raymond said the CompStat system targets the most vulnerable because it’s all a numbers game. He said cops hide in transit broom closets waiting for fare jumpers.
“You’re only going to meet it on a consistent basis by being in that broom closet and peeking and playing gotcha. This is how you meet the quota,” said Raymond.
Raymond said standing on the train doesn’t get you turnstile jumpers.
“This is what I did, and I was pulled aside and told ‘Yo, you gotta get your numbers,'” he said.
Police Commissioner Bill Bratton lashed out at the lawsuit, literally calling the allegations “bullsh**t.”
Raymond’s attorney, Emeka Nwokoro, said his client won’t engage in a war of words with Bratton.
“It’s extremely disrespectful,” said Nwokoro, who added it shows a callous disregard for police work conditions.
Police officer Adhyl Polanco has also joined the lawsuit.