Attorneys believe a class action lawsuit against the New York City Police Department over an alleged quota system could yield hundreds of millions of dollars in damages.
The lawsuit alleges that 11 plaintiffs were improperly issued criminal summonses because of supposed quota requirements imposed on officers.
A court certified a class action suit including more than 700,000 individuals who were issued similar summonses.
Lawyers say the goal is to get the case to trial as soon as possible. They believe that they have the evidence to prove that the quotas exist.
"There are two things at stake here," said Stephen Neuwirth, the plaintiffs' attorney. "First is getting monetary relief, which is permitted under New York law, to all of the victims of this policy of having summonses issued without any probable cause. And second, we want the policy to stop."
In response, a spokesperson for the City Law Department said that quota allegations are merely allegations until proven otherwise.