Making money by punishing innocent «criminals»

POLICING: In New York, people are being terrorised in their own streets, homes, and workplaces by the people paid to protect them. These realities should be impossible, but in these neighbourhoods in the US they are everyday occurrences.
Tristen Bakker
Tristen Bakker is a documentarian and editor.
Published date: May 1, 2019
Crime + Punishment


Director Stephen Maing’s new documentary Crime + Punishment follows a group of twelve New York City police officers – NYPD12 – that dared to blow the whistle on the NYPD’s illegal practice of pressuring their officers to meet monthly quotas for arrests and summonses.

From 2014 to 2017 we follow the gathering together of the twelve in the filing of a class action lawsuit against the police department for violating the state ban on monthly enforcement activity quotas for police officers. This ban, in place since 2010, makes it illegal to require an officer to achieve a certain number (a quota) of tickets, summonses and arrests in any given month.

Crime + Punishment. Director: Stephen Maing
Crime + Punishment. Director: Stephen Maing

Director Stephen Maing’s new documentary Crime + Punishment follows the NYPD12, a group of twelve New York City police officers that dared to blow the whistle on the insidious corruption rampant in the New York City police department. From 2014 to 2017 we follow the gathering together of the twelve in the filing of a claim against the police department for breaking the state ban on monthly quotas for police officers, a ban that makes it illegal to require an officer to achieve a certain number of summonses and arrests in any given month.

Crime + Punishment. Director: Stephen Maing
Crime + Punishment. Director: Stephen Maing

The pressure to meet these quotas is high as every aspect of an officer’s career can be affected. The quotas also create an atmosphere of «us vs. them» in the officers daily police work. Officers are encouraged to treat citizens as criminals rather than as the people that they are bound to help and protect, and if they do not comply with these quotas they are punished and retaliated against. Performance monitoring, evaluations and unfair work assignments are some of the methods used as weapons of abuse towards the officers.

Using blacks to generate revenue

Quotas for police officer activity are rampant throughout cities in the US. …


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