A New York City police officer was berated by his superiors and given poor evaluations and bad assignments for complaining about arrest quotas in his Bronx precinct, a federal lawsuit filed Thursday by the New York Civil Liberties Union says.

Officer Craig Matthews claimed in the suit that his superiors created a system where officers were awarded points for certain summonses, and officers who did not meet the quotas were punished with undesirable assignments, loss of overtime and denial of requested days off. Matthews said in the suit that the system violates the NYPD mission to protect and serve the public, and is part of a larger, department-wide problem.

Matthews began working in the 42nd Precinct in the Bronx in 1999, and received positive annual reviews and recommendations for good police work, but after he started to complain to police brass about quotas he was punished and ridiculed by his bosses, the suit said. Matthews said precinct leaders kept color-coded records to show who was meeting the quotas and officers were punished when they didn’t meet them. He faced so much retaliation that he was hospitalized for extreme stress, the suit alleged.

The city law department said it had received the summons and complaint but could not comment while awaiting formal service of the suit.

Source: The Associated Press via Wall Street Journal.

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