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.
The New York Police Benevolent Association said on Facebook, "Our hearts are heavy with the loss of our brother, P.O. Brian Kessler, who was killed in a vehicle collision on his way home from work this morning. He was just 28 years old and had less than nine months on the job."