A police officer who claimed he was thrown into a psychiatric ward for blowing the whistle on a quota system in the New York Police Department will receive $600,000 as part of a settlement against the City of New York. Adrian Schoolcraft filed a $50 million civil rights lawsuit against the city in 2010.
Schoolcraft secretly recorded hundreds of hours of tapes at Brooklyn's 81st Precinct. The tapes allegedly showcase high-level officers illegally ordering their subordinates to meet certain arrest quotas, perform stop-and-frisks, and manipulate crime statistics. Schoolcraft reported that officers who didn't comply were threatened with undesirable schedules or the possibility of being transferred.
In the federal suit, he said his civil rights were violated during the arrest that sent him to the psychiatric ward at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center for six days. He alleged the arrest and hospitalization were retaliation for his disclosures.
“This action seeks redress for a coordinated and concentrated effort by high-ranking officials within the NYPD to silence, intimidate, threaten and retaliate against Schoolcraft for his documentation and disclosure of corruption with the NYPD,” the 2010 federal suit stated, according to the New York Post.
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The officer allegedly in charge of the detention was Schoolcraft's commanding officer at the time, Stephen Mauriello, according to the New York Daily News. Mauriello was recorded reportedly manipulating crime statistics, and internal departmental charges against him are still pending.
"Inspector Mauriello is disappointed this case settled," his union president, Roy Richter, said in a statement, according to the Post Star. "Although he was fully indemnified by the City, the Inspector was anticipating a trial decision that would provide a truthful account in a court of law."
“We are pleased that we were able to reach a just and fair resolution of this dispute with Adrian Schoolcraft,” the New York City Law Department said in a statement, according to The New York Times. “The settlement should not be construed as an admission that the city or any city employee engaged in wrongdoing.”
Schoolcraft was suspended without pay following his involuntary hospital stay. The settlement includes backpay and benefits from Oct. 31, 2009, to the end of 2015, making Schoolcraft's settlement in excess of $1 million, according to the New York Daily News.
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The settlement does not include the portions of the suit against Jamaica Hospital and two doctors in the psychiatric ward, which is set to go to trail on Oct. 19.