At times combative, the former commander of Brooklyn's 81st Precinct testified yesterday in the stop-and-frisk class-action lawsuit that he never approved of quotas, even when confronted with recordings of him and his supervisors ordering officers to make certain numbers.
Deputy Inspector Steven Mauriello testified after a second batch of the recordings, made by Officer Adrian Schoolcraft in 2008 and 2009, were played in court. The recordings were the basis for the Village Voice's 2010 "The NYPD Tapes" series.
Questioned by Jonathan Moore, a lawyer for the plaintiffs in Floyd v. City of New York, Mauriello, cutting a fine line, insisted he never ordered cops to hit a specific number, but there are what he called "productivity standards" and officers could be disciplined for failing to meet them. At other times, he insisted there was no punishment for failure to make the "goals." "There are no quotas," he said, adding, "We want activity. So it's not about numbers. It's about the officer working. If there is a crime happening, I expect him to make an arrest."More »