NYPD's Stop-and-Frisk Defense: We're Too Lazy
Cops criticize rank-and-file as 'complete malcontents' in trial
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 30, 2013 10:17 AM CDT
In this file photo, Det. Anthony Mannuzza, left, and Police Officer Robert Martin, right, simulate a street stop during a training session at a New York Police Department training facility.   (AP Photo/Colleen Long, File)

(Newser) – New York police have been accused of stopping people simply to fill quotas—but that's silly, officers say: They're far too lazy for that kind of effort. Some 10% of cops "are complete malcontents that will do as little as possible no matter how well you treat them," says a former top officer. They won't work hard unless they're getting paid overtime, he tells the court in the department's stop-and-frisk trial; that's when tickets get written up.

"I think we’re charged with trying to get the police officers to work, do the things that they’re getting paid for," says a deputy commissioner. A deputy inspector, meanwhile, went so far as to play a secret tape to the court of a sergeant chastising his team for lack of effort, the New York Times reports. The trial has examined a police policy that says, "Department managers can and must set performance goals." Asked how he interpreted the policy, one officer replied: "It says, quota, quota, quota, quota, and quota." Click for the full piece.

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Apr 30, 2013 3:41 PM CDT
They are screwed by the liberals either way? DO they stop and frisk to much or not enough?
Apr 30, 2013 2:49 PM CDT
It's easier going after the innocent than facing down real criminals & it makes NYPD look as though they're dong something. But they are ignoring serious crime. The rest of us are left to suffer at the hands of felons while the NYPD busies themselves with their "Stop, Frisk & Fleece" program; we are left to be abused by police & felons alike. Bloomberg runs NYPD as a money-making venture, reserving actual police protection for the wealthy only. http://www.villagevoice.com/2012-03-07/news/the-nypd-tapes-confirmed/
Apr 30, 2013 2:30 PM CDT
They're too busy shooting people's dogs.