New York City has quietly paid off a staggering amount of people over the past 5 years because of police misconduct from the NYPD.
Elaheh Akhavan of Scarsdale received $1,500,000 from a 2014 incident where she was assaulted by an officer, reported The NY Post.
Officer Chun Kyu Yun pulled over the 63-year-old-woman while she was driving on East 96th street near FDR Drive. The officer decided to pull her out of her car and throw her face first into the curb. He then jammed his knee into her back and handcuffed her, smashing her face into the pavement before charging her with resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration.
All charges were dropped against Akhavan, but she was left with a fractured jaw and missing teeth.
The Post reported that her settlement is just one of more than 5,800 listed by the Law Department for police misconduct from 2014-2018.
The city has paid $384.1 million to settle over half of the lawsuits filed against the NYPD during that time period.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday that city has “seen a real reduction” in frivolous police misconduct suits since he ordered a crackdown on filings by “ambulance-chasing lawyers” in 2015, but added: “There’s always going to be settlements . . . I think we have more to do.”