NEW YORK – Police officers are testifying about being forced by their superiors to make a certain number of arrests.
Officer Adhyl (aye-dahl') Polanco says he was told he needed 20 summonses, five street stops and one arrest per month. He says it didn't matter whether the stops were done properly.
Polanco testified at a federal trial challenging the constitutionality of some street stops made by police. Other officers are expected to testify Wednesday.
Lawyers for the plaintiffs want to show that officers are not stopping people for valid reasons.
The suit seeks a court-appointed monitor to oversee changes to how the police make stops.
A federal judge will rule on whether the department must make changes.