New York Police department NYPD aarrest quota collars for dollars discrimination lawsuit Black Latino officers Pierre Maximilien
Photo Credit: Thorsten Janssen from Pixabay

‘Collars for Dollars,’ NYPD Snagged in Discrimination Suit which Targeted Blacks and Latinos

“Collars for dollars” was a common practice among the Transit District 34 officers of the New York Police Department (NYPD). The practice has now resulted in a lawsuit, according to the New York Daily News.

Five police officers, now-retired Pierre Maximilien, Sgt. Edwin Raymond and three other officers reportedly filed a discrimination lawsuit against the NYPD on Monday after accusing the department of discrimination against minority officers who failed to arrest Black and Latino men under the arrest quotas.

The officers who met the quotas were compensated with more overtime.

Maximilien detailed the “collars for dollars” in the suit according to the Daily News. He alleged that Black and Latino officers were often denied promotions and reprimanded if they didn’t comply with then-commanding officer Constantin Tsachas’ orders.

“The supervisors would place the minority officers in punishment posts by ourselves, deny vacation or leave, deny us overtime, change our shifts, give us bogus command disciplines, yell at us in roll call and give us poor evaluations, the Daily News reported.

He also wrote that white officers weren’t castigated in the same way.

“They would get a pass from command,” he wrote. “They would write it off as a bad month and place them in areas with partners who were extremely aggressive so they could make the arrest quota.”

According to The Grio, Maximilien retired from the NYPD in 2015 over the “Collars for Dollars” practice after repeatedly filing grievances that seemingly fell on deaf ears.

Nicholas Paolucci, a spokesman for the law department, said the claims didn’t have any merit.

“The information presented by plaintiffs changes nothing. The NYPD investigated the allegations in Officer Maximilien’s declaration and found them to be meritless. The judge ruled that the city’s production of email evidence was sufficient, despite what plaintiffs now claim,” he told the Daily News.

The Daily News also reported that Tsachas was never reprimanded or found guilty of any misconduct and was even promoted to Deputy Inspector in 2016.

Despite the NYPD’s claims of not being guilty of misconduct or racial discrimination, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) has documented cases which it has fought against the department.

Latest News

Black renters

New Study Reveals Landlords Consistently Discriminate Against Potential Renters With Black or Hispanic ‘Sounding’ Names

In the largest study of its kind ever conducted, researchers with the National Bureau of Economic Research have uncovered what many people of color already know when hunting for an apartment or home: most landlords consistently discriminate or harbor bias against non-white individuals looking to rent their property.  Bloomberg’s Kelsey…

book banning

American Library Association Documents 155 Attempts at Banning Books About POC or LGBTQ Issues in the Last 6 Months

In a depressing turn for anyone who thought society may have outgrown book burning or censorship of books over the last 100 years, it appears the hate-filled phenomenon is back on the rise, increasing with alarming frequency across the country. CNN’s Nicole Chavez has reported the American Library Association “has…

Novartis Chief Medical Officer John Tsai on Balancing Medical Innovations With Patient Needs

Originally published at novartis.com by Elizabeth Dougherty. John Tsai is Novartis’ Head of Global Drug Development and Chief Medical Officer. Novartis Pharmaceuticals is a DiversityInc Hall of Fame company.   John Tsai’s career as a physician, and now as Head of Global Drug Development and Chief Medical Officer for Novartis, had an unlikely…

Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed

City of Montgomery, Alabama Faces $25,000 State Fine for Changing Street Named After a Confederate Leader

Despite a state law designed to “protect” longstanding Confederate monuments and memorials, the city of Montgomery, Alabama, has decided that it would rather incur a fine than continue going on with a city street named after President of the Confederate States from 1861 to 1865, Jefferson Davis. Kim Chandler of…

Global Diversity

Despite Massive Uptick in Global DEI Initiatives, New Study Reveals Real Change in Corporate Workforces Remains Slow 

Even though DEI as a business imperative continues to grow both in the United States and around the world, a new study has found that many business leaders and executives have merely raised awareness of why diversity, equity and inclusion is important — as opposed to actually making meaningful progress…