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NYC Officers Sue Police Commissioner William Bratton for Discrimination

© REUTERS / Carlo AllegriA police officer guards the perimeter outside the scene of a shooting scene at a federal building in the Manhattan borough of New York, August 21, 2015
A police officer guards the perimeter outside the scene of a shooting scene at a federal building in the Manhattan borough of New York, August 21, 2015 - Sputnik International
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New York City officers alleged they were forced to fulfill their quotas in minority communities, ultimately unfairly targeting African American and Latino residents of New York.

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NEW YORK (Sputnik) — A dozen New York City police officers are suing Commissioner William Bratton for discrimination after they were allegedly being forced to target minorities, according to court papers filed on Thursday.

"Over the past decade and continuing to the present, the NYPD [New York Police Department] has pursued an unofficial policy of directing, instructing, compelling and mandating its employees to perform a mandatory number of arrests, issue a mandatory number of summons or write a mandatory number of tickets," the lawsuit stated.

The officers were told to each carry out at least one arrest and issue 20 tickets a month, according to the lawsuit.

The officers alleged those who failed to meet the quota set by the NYPD were punished, while those who met the quota were rewarded, according to the lawsuit.

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"The disciplinary process of the NYPD, although neutral on its face, has had a disparate impact on minority officers," the lawsuit noted.

Moreover, the officers also alleged they were forced to fulfill their quotas in minority communities, ultimately unfairly targeting African American and Latino residents of New York.

When the officers, who are all African American or Latino, refused to fulfill the quotas, they were punished, according to court documents.

A NYPD spokesman, however, said the use of quotas by the police department has always been prohibited.

Bratton joins a growing number of defendants which include New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, NYPD Chief of Department James O'Neill and Commanding Officer of Patrol Services Carlos Gomez.

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