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A veteran NYPD cop claims his beleaguered Bronx precinct is ruled by an elaborate quota system that has created so much tension that cops now guard the locker room.
In a federal lawsuit, Officer Craig Matthews charges the illegal quotas in place at the 42nd precinct have led to harsh punishments and pitted cops against each other.
Some officers who complied with the quotas have had their lockers damaged, vandalized and even placed in the shower, the suit says.
In a bid to stem the outbreak of “locker flipping,” on-duty cops now guard the locker room around the clock, the suit says.
Central to the quota system are color-coded computer reports that categorize cops by the number of arrests, summonses and stop-and-frisks they carry out.
Officers who fail to meet the reports are highlighted in red.
Black ink is used to denote cops who are meeting the quotas, while silver is used to identify those who are meeting some quotas, the suit says.
Matthews claims that officers who don’t hit their numbers are subjected to a slew of punishments, including undesirable assignments and the loss of overtime.
“Cops are pressured to make numbers and are punished for not making them, which means that innocent people are exposed to baseless summonses, arrests, and stop-and-frisks,” said Matthews’ lawyer, Christopher Dunn.