This morning in the Daily News, IOM's Ben Waxman delivers an important story about the cost to taxpayers of settling lawsuits against the police:
Over the past three fiscal years, city taxpayers have shelled out $31.6 million to settle lawsuits brought against the department. The majority of the payments - $20.8 million - went to settle complaints of civil-rights violations by police officers, according to figures provided by the city's Department of Finance.
That's nearly a 50 percent increase from the prior three fiscal years, during which the city paid about $14 million to settle civil-rights complaints. The city paid out about $25 million for all lawsuits against the Police Department in fiscal years 2005 through 2007.
Ben goes on to explore why these costs might be up. Check it out.