Wednesday, September 23, 2015

EXCLUSIVE: NYC lawyers hope to paint whistleblower cop as racist, stop jury from hearing of alleged quota system

The city hopes to portray an NYPD whistleblower as a racist cop with an ax to grind while preventing a jury from hearing of the alleged quota system he says led to an illegal trip to the psych ward, new filings indicate.

Papers filed in Manhattan Federal Court, a mere month before the start of trial, lay out how the city hopes to attack the character of Adrian Schoolcraft, who has sued for $50 million.

Schoolcraft says his own brothers in blue barged into his Queens home and declared him an emotionally disturbed person on Oct. 31, 2009, because he’d sounded the alarm on cops using arrest quotas and fudging crime stats.

In court papers, the city asks that Judge Robert Sweet prevent a jury from hearing about the quota system Schoolcraft says was imposed on the 81st Precinct in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, because he bases that notion on hearsay rather than his firsthand experience.

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