NYPD Officer’s Arrest Quota Lawsuit Dismissed

NEW YORK (AP) -

A federal judge has dismissed a NYPD officer’s lawsuit that claimed his superiors punished him for complaining about arrest quotas in his Bronx precinct.

Judge Paul Engelmayer ruled Monday that Officer Craig Matthews’ complaints were not constitutionally protected because “he spoke as an NYPD employee, not a citizen.”

The lawsuit claimed Matthews’ superiors created a system where officers were awarded points for certain summonses, and officers who didn’t meet the quotas were punished. The judge acknowledged Matthews’ complaints “had undeniable value to the public,” and would have violated the law today.

Matthews said he would appeal.