The New York Police Department spent $185 million to settle lawsuits filed between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011, according to a report by New York Comptroller John Liu.
A total of 8,882 lawsuits were filed against the NYPD during 2011, an increase of 10 percent from 2010, when the city paid out $137.3 million.
8,882 sets the record for the most claims against a single police agency, reports the NY Daily News.
Numbers for fiscal year 2012 have not yet been made public, but are expected to be huge because of the Occupy Wall Street clashes with the NYPD.
Liu wrote in his report that the city should "explore a unified method to track individual officers named in claim suits and the payouts."
John McCarthy, spokesperson for New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, defended the NYPD to the NY Daily News: “Police officers make more than 23 million contacts with the public each year and cope with incredibly difficult situations on a daily basis."
However, Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, said: “But what’s inescapable is a trend that reveals New Yorkers are unhappy enough with the way that they’re being treated by police that they are going to court a lot more often."