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WSJ: Large Settlement Claims Spur Police Reform in Several Large Cities

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By    |   Thursday, 22 October 2020 01:23 PM

Several large cities have modified police policies and procedures with the goal of reducing incidents that can spur potentially costly lawsuits, a Wall Street Journal analysis has found.

The move comes amid an uptick in millions paid out due to misconduct claims — municipalities with the 20 largest police departments paid over $2 billion since 2015 for alleged wrongdoing and civil rights violations, according to the Journal.

“Fundamental police reform is the civil rights issue of our time. But let’s be clear, from a fiscal perspective, this harms the city,” New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer said of the more than $1.1 billion in payouts the state has made since 2015. “You’re just losing money for schools or after [school] programs or affordable housing — the things a city government would want to spend money on.”

Chicago, which has paid out about $253 million, has changed the way police execute search warrants and recently tightened rules on vehicle pursuits after identifying root causes of the payouts.

Los Angeles County, which dished out $238 million in settlements, developed a corrective action plan after settlements greater than $100,000 are paid out.

“Obviously nothing is 100%, but we can take steps to minimize the recurrence,” said spokesman Capt. Joe Mendoza. “It allows us to see what we can do better, write a mitigating plan where, if we need a change in policy, we can go ahead and change that policy.”

In New York, Stringer meets weekly with New York City Police Department officials to discuss claims and policies. He also launched a program in 2014 that tracks claims in an effort to reduce the likelihood of it happening again. 

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