NYPD Officials Apparently Deleting Incriminating Communications Related To Alleged Illegal Summons Quotas

from the cross-cut-filing-system dept

The NYPD doesn't care for transparency. Its relationship with open records requesters ranges from "frosty" to "antagonistic." It even employs its own in-house, completely arbitrary classification system in order to prevent even more of its documents from making their way into the hands of the public.

And, despite policies specifically mandating the preservation of records, NYPD officials are apparently preemptively deleting certain communications to ensure they'll never be made public.

Attorneys for the city have failed to turn over even one email from the files of former Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly or former Chief of Department Joseph Esposito regarding summons activity over the last eight years, attorney Elinor Sutton writes in new filings in Manhattan Federal Court seeking sanctions against the city.

“It is simply not tenable that Commissioner Kelly and Chief Esposito did not — in the entire period of 2007 through the present — write or receive emails using terms” related to the word “summons,” Sutton writes.
Seven years of discussing police business and not once did Kelly or Esposito use the word "summons," one of the most common terms used when discussing police business. How can this possibly be? Well, when you're looking for evidence that NYPD bosses and supervisors instituted illegal quotas, the word "summons" would figure prominently in responsive documents... if said documents hadn't been memory-holed for the preservation of the greater good their positions.

And it's not just the top two men in the NYPD that have a "summons" hole in their communications. Searches for responsive emails/texts from three other high-ranking NYPD officials came up empty as well.

What Sutton has obtained that points to an unofficial quota system has come from whistleblowers and "other means." Sutton has copies of emails and texts -- sent using NYPD phones/email accounts -- that discuss quota-like "expectations" for officers and reprisals for failing to hit these numbers. But the NYPD's own search for these same documents has found nothing. This either means the NYPD isn't performing thorough searches or it has been destroying incriminating documents. Either way, the NYPD's lack of responsive documents looks very suspicious.

And the city itself is complicit in the "vanishing" of possibly culpatory evidence.
[C]ity lawyers didn’t advise the NYPD to preserve communications related to summonses until 2013 — three years after the suit was filed, Sutton says.
The city won't say much about the lawsuit or its police department's actions, but this contradictory set of sentences says a lot more than the city rep probably intended it to.
In a response filed last week, city attorney Qiana Smith-Williams said the alleged evidence destruction was “short on meritorious claims” and that the sides had not yet “exhausted the possibility of a settlement.”
If you believe the opposition's case is lacking in merit -- and you have an inexhaustible amount of (public) funds to fight it -- why would you be entertaining a settlement? The obvious answer is this: a settlement would allow the city to end the discovery process, maintain its secrecy, allow those involved in the quota scheme to avoid further examination/punishment. Handing out (public) money to the plaintiffs in settlement form also allows the city/NYPD to move on without having to admit wrongdoing. A payout means nothing changes. Quotas will still remain, but steps will be taken to ensure it's better hidden.

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  • identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 21 Jul 2015 @ 3:26pm

    they are a criminal organization save hey do not limit themselves to domestic crimes. They also terrorize foreign countries.

    Looking at it from a rational point of view these guys should be classified as terrorists under the current laws. They murder to strike fear into people, so that people bow down to them and do what they want. They steal, brutalize and hide evidence of their misdeeds.

    Yet in this country all these things are considered being a good cop simply because it is police that do it, not the average citizen.

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    Anonymous Coward, 21 Jul 2015 @ 3:35pm

    If the NYPD wants to eliminate crime...

    it should start with itself.

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    • identicon
      Anonymous Coward, 22 Jul 2015 @ 5:43am

      Re: If the NYPD wants to eliminate crime...

      I've been asking that question about the Law Enforcement aspect of governance, particularly in the US, which is the self-proclaimed "Land of the Free".

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        Stoatwblr (profile), 15 Aug 2015 @ 4:01am

        Re: Re: If the NYPD wants to eliminate crime...

        In the "land of the free", braves live on "reservations".

        That's all you need to know to realise the way the USA really works.

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      Coyne Tibbets (profile), 22 Jul 2015 @ 1:02pm

      Re: If the NYPD wants to eliminate crime...

      ...it shreds the documents.

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        Sheogorath (profile), 22 Jul 2015 @ 3:04pm

        Re: Re: If the NYPD wants to eliminate crime...

        And deletes the data.

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          Stoatwblr (profile), 15 Aug 2015 @ 4:03am

          Re: Re: Re: If the NYPD wants to eliminate crime...

          I am surprised that the original filing didn't try to go for the backups that are legally required to be taken and retained.

          It's much harder to delete those without getting federal interest in what's going on.

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            tqk (profile), 16 Aug 2015 @ 8:07pm

            Re: Re: Re: Re: If the NYPD wants to eliminate crime...

            I am surprised that the original filing didn't try to go for the backups that are legally required to be taken and retained.

            Even the IRS barely knows how to access its backups. Really, barely, barely, barely! I'm not the least surprised other officialdoms can't figure it out either.

            We geeks put a lot of effort into making this (recovering from backups) possible, and it should be simple to do. I can't understand why there's so many stories of difficulty with it. I have to infer maleficience on their part to explain it. Or they're just imbeciles, but how could they be hired in the first place if so?

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    That One Guy (profile), 21 Jul 2015 @ 3:41pm

    Why not?

    I mean, it's not like they're likely to run into a judge willing to hold them accountable or punish them for their actions, so why not blatantly flaunt the law and destroy potentially incriminating evidence?

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    Anonymous Coward, 21 Jul 2015 @ 4:21pm

    How magnanimous of them to have the willingness to spend taxpayer money to settle the issue of destroying taxpayer-funded documents in lieu of releasing the documents to the taxpayers.

    I bet these guys ask someone out to dinner and then make the invitee pay for the dinner.

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    Anonymous Coward, 21 Jul 2015 @ 4:30pm

    They would'nt be abusing the authority they entitle themselves too, would they?

    Naaaaaah

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    Pixelation, 21 Jul 2015 @ 5:58pm

    Perhaps they've changed the word they use for "Summons" to something like "Invitation". That way they get around some of these pesky FOIA requests.
    I think there is a really good story brewing when the police hide things. Bring on the popcorn!

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    Michael, 21 Jul 2015 @ 6:21pm

    "It is simply not tenable that Commissioner Kelly and Chief Esposito did not — in the entire period of 2007 through the present — write or receive emails using terms” related to the word “summons"

    It is if they spent all that time wasting taxpayer money doing anything except their jobs. Which, I suppose, seems pretty plausible.

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    tqk (profile), 21 Jul 2015 @ 10:57pm

    NYPD's handing out money!

    Handing out (public) money to the plaintiffs in settlement form also allows the city/NYPD to move on without having to admit wrongdoing.

    Quick, everybody, file an FOIA. Free cash! Sweet.

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    Anonymous Coward, 22 Jul 2015 @ 7:49am

    So what you're saying is, the NYPD continues to play government agency rather than municipal authority. Business as usual then.

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    Uriel-238 (profile), 22 Jul 2015 @ 9:52am

    At what point is the NYPD regarded as rogue?

    Because this seems pretty roguish.

    Or at least rouge.

    This doesn't seem like an agency that serves the public. At all.

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    Can't they just request the information from the NSA?

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