The name of this legislation is the Community Policing Self-Assessment Tool (CP-SAT)- the NYC Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit Database 2015 to June 2018.
It lists the the names of every police officer sued, how many times they’ve been sued, the precincts involved, the money paid out.
The NYPD fought for years to keep this secret – for good reason.
Let’s start with an officer I know by reputation from covering East New York, Brooklyn as a reporter, David Grieco.
Grieco is the city’s second most frequently sued cop. His history of violating the civil rights of Brooklyn residents has come up in 32 known lawsuits, at a cost to taxpayers of $343,252.
He has been accused of putting a minor, an aspiring rapper, in a chokehold, threatening to arrest him (he had him cuffed) if he didn’t freestyle to Grieco’s satisfaction. He’s burst into a home without a warrant and hauling six-year-old twins to a police precinct. And there’s a lot more, currently under criminal investigation.
After spending a dozen years patrolling Brooklyn’s 75th Precinct, East New York— the most-sued precinct in the entire city — Grieco was promoted last year to sergeant, and now works the 67th precinct in East Flatbush. It’s fair to say Grieco no longer gives a fuck; nor do his supervisors– he’s one of the NYPD’s top overtime earners — in 2017, he pulled in $73,000 in overtime, bringing his total salary to $190,000.
Let’s consider the 75th precinct for an audit. The 75th is associated with an astounding $9,227,755 total settlements and 93 Federal lawsuits since 2015. That’s $9 million dollars. These figures are so extraordinary and corrupt and dysfunctional, the next worst precinct in the city is the 73rd, paying out a relatively meager $329,403 on 42 lawsuits. The 75th is also associated with $561,253 known settlements from 26 other lawsuits.
These most corrupt officers on the force, repeatedly sued, still somehow have a job & still have the audacity to milk hundreds of thousands of dollars in overtime from the city, the citizens they’re supposed to be protecting,the job, their fellow officers.
Police brass don’t give a damn, they do nothing but punch a pension time clock & let blatant corruption flourish.
Federal Lawsuits Since 2015
Case Name Year Outcome
Here’s a small sampling of 75th officers lawsuits paid:
Connor v. City of New York et al 2015 $7,950,000
Bonner v. City of New York et al 2016 $250,000 James et al v. The City of New
York et al 2015 $149,000
Loftin et al v. City of New York et al ii2015 $66,000
Perez v. The City of New York et al 2015 $57,000
Scott et al v. The City Of New York et al 2017 $52,500
Goins v. City of New York et al 2015 $51,500
Williams v. New York City Police Department Officers “John Doe” 1-3 et al 2015 $50,000
Bido v. City of New York et a 2016 $50,000
And here’s a small sampling of individual 75th officers, the number of times they’ve been sued, for how much, and the overtime vig they collected.
Andre G. Blake 9 lawsuits $94,489 salary, 2018 $20,993 overtime, 2018
David A. Grieco 7 lawsuits $109,360 salary, 2018 $39,334 overtime, 2018
Matthew J. Demaio 6 lawsuits $85,292 salary, 2018 $20,186 overtime, 2018
John D. Diaz 6 lawsuits $90,685 salary, 2018 $20,690 overtime, 2018
Derick L. Russ 6 lawsuits $85,292 salary, 2018 $24,486 overtime, 2018
Melchor J. Alban 5 lawsuits $85,292 salary, 2018 $28,822 overtime, 2018
Michael A. Ardolino 5 lawsuits $85,292 salary, 2018 $35,063 overtime, 2018
Todd T. Hansen 5 lawsuits $85,292 salary, 2018 $36,214 overtime, 2018
Mark A. Scarlatelli 5 lawsuits $94,489 salary, 2018 $16,131 overtime, 2018
William D. Schumacher 5 lawsuits $85,292 salary, 2018 $23,760 overtime, 2018
Robert J. Agate 4 lawsuits $109,360 salary, 2018 $19,065 overtime, 2018
The system is broken when cops with an agenda exploit a high crime precinct and lax or incompetent supervisors (who’ve intentionally been dumped in a place like the 75th) to abuse citizens and make money. A precinct paying out over $9 million in lawsuits? An officer sued 32 times and earning $190,000 dollars?
The trouble is Grieco, not the good cops, not the supervisors, is a role model in the 75th (look at that list of junior Grieco imitators). He’s respected because he’s getting over – that’s a con value, not a cop value.