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Mon Jan 23, 2017, 08:20 PM

New York City reaches $75 million settlement over police summonses

Source: Reuters

U.S. | Mon Jan 23, 2017 | 3:40pm EST

New York City reaches $75 million settlement over police summonses

By Nate Raymond | NEW YORK

New York City has agreed to pay up to $75 million to resolve a civil rights lawsuit accusing its police of engaging in a widespread pattern of issuing criminal summonses to individuals without probable cause in order to meet minimum quotas.

The deal, detailed in court papers filed in federal court in Manhattan, would resolve a long-running class action lawsuit brought by several plaintiffs who claimed they were issued summonses without probable cause that were later dismissed.

"We have achieved a landmark settlement in a civil rights case that advances the cause of justice," said Elinor Sutton, a lawyer for the plaintiffs with the law firm Quinn Emanuel Urquart & Sullivan.

The lawsuit alleged the summonses violated defendants' rights under the U.S. Constitution, including the Fourth Amendment, which requires that warrants be supported by probable cause.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-new-york-lawsuit-idUSKBN1572IT

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