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East New York's 75th Precinct is the City's Most-Sued Precinct

Since 2015, the precinct has faced 91 lawsuits and has paid $9.1 million in settlements.
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East New York’s 75th Precinct. Photo credit: Google Map

East New York's 75th Precinct is the most-sued precinct in New York City, reports Patch. 

According to The Legal Aid Society's new database CAPstat, the precinct located at 1000 Sutter Avenue has faced 91 federal lawsuits and has paid $9.1 million in settlements since 2015, the most of any other NYC precinct.

Legal Aids's new database contains publically available information culled from federal civil rights lawsuits brought against the NYPD for misconduct, as well as disciplinary summaries published by BuzzFeed and other public information. The organization launched CAPstat last Wednesday with the hope to bring more transparency to NYPD's practices and processes, help New Yorkers identify police misconduct and to advocate for reform, the Legal Aid Society stated. 

"CAPstat will help New Yorkers gain a more thorough understanding of lawsuits filed against the NYPD for misconduct and will help the public hold the NYPD accountable for reoccurring patterns of misconduct that the department itself routinely ignores," said Cynthia Conti-Cook, staff attorney at The Legal Aid Society. "With this new site, we join a national movement including fellow defenders, advocates and community members to shed much-needed daylight on police departments and their actions."

After East New York, Crown Heights' 71st Precinct is the second-most sued with 29 lawsuits. The 83rd Precinct in Bushwick is the runner-up regarding its settlement costs which with $530,000 is just 6 percent of what the 75th Precinct had to pay.

Reginald Connor, an East New York father who was falsely convicted for a kidnapping he did not commit, is just one of the almost 100 people who have sued the 75th Precinct since 2015. 

His attorneys filed a complaint referring to the 75th Precinct's history of misconduct, which in the 1990s became "one of the most notorious examples of unchecked police corruption and misconduct in the city's history." According to the complaint, an NYPD sergeant admitted that of 750 murder investigations he supervised at the East New York precinct between 1992 and 1994, only one was done correctly.

Connor was subsequently granted nearly $8 million after spending 16 years in jail and being forced to register as a sex offender.