Around ten lawsuits were filed against the NYPD every day, according to a new analysis by I Quant NY of a city report that also says most suits were "primarily of allegations of police misconduct, civil rights violations, and injury and/or damage from accidents involving police vehicles."
In July, city Comptroller Scott Stringer introduced a program called ClaimStat aimed at using data analysis to keep track, and eventually reduce, the amount of claims by identifying "patterns and practices that lead to lawsuits against the City." The wonderful I Quant NY blog has now found a way to access the specific data sets produced by the ClaimStat project, and that means we now have numbers—and maps—of the amount of claims made last year.
Their analysis is fascinating but troubling. For example, there's a heat map of where all the claims were filed:
Another chilling map looks at the area of Staten Island where Eric Garner was killed by an NYPD cop:
Meanwhile, I Quant NY says that in the Bronx there were 1.10 lawsuits for every 1,000 citizens—making it by far the most frequent borough in the data. Manhattan is next with .44 claims per 1,000 people, followed by Brooklyn, Staten Island, and Queens. And while the average number of claims on weekdays hovered around 11, Sundays were indeed calmer, with only around six suits every day. [I Quant NY via Gothamist]
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