Daily News-ProPublica Investigation Examines Troubling NYPD Tactic

Two-part series spans more than 1,000 case files.

The first article in this two-part series will appear online Friday at 8 a.m. ET and in the print edition of the New York Daily News Sunday. The paper’s joint investigation with ProPublica, conducted over two years, examines the New York Police Department’s history of filing civil lawsuits against residents and business owners.

From today’s announcement:

The Daily News and ProPublica examined more than 1,000 cases filed over an 18-month period, along with the depositions of the underlying criminal charges for hundreds of people who were banned from homes as a result of these actions.

The investigation uncovered problematic practices at varying stages of the justice system – from the commencement of these cases through a secret application to a judge that requests permission to lock people out of their businesses and homes before they’ve even had a chance to tell their side of the story; to when the settlements are reached, often without the assistance of a lawyer and in some cases even a judge.

The lead reporter for the series is Daily News data projects editor Sarah Ryley. Her editor in chief, Jim Rich, hopes that the findings will lead to “change at the highest levels.”

Check out some of her other investigative work here.

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