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NYPD Panel to Scour Lawsuits for Police Misconduct

November 05, 2009  | 

The NYPD is trying to track down bad cops by looking for clues in big-bucks civil cases alleging police misconduct, the Daily News has learned.

Lawsuits and settlements are handled by the city's Law Department - but the Police Department plans to scour the files for evidence of perjury, corruption and other wrongdoings.

A review committee recently was formed to look at many cases, including those that cost the city more than $250,000 and those that include accusations of discrimination or retaliation.

The panel will have plenty of work. In fiscal year 2008, the city paid out $103 million to settle suits against the NYPD - including $35 million in cases that alleged improper police action, a 40% jump from 2007.

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