City Shells Out $22 Million to Settle Civil Rights Cases Against NYPD

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James Fanelli
August 29, 2012

photoAlexa Gonzalez, arrested for doodling on her desk at her Queens junior high school on Feb. 1, 2010, received a $115,000 settlement from the city after suing NYPD and the Department of Education.

Two Colombian brothers received $1.2 million after spending a combined 17 years in prison for armed robbery convictions that were eventually thrown out.

A 12-year-old Forest Hills girl collected $115,000 after her arrest for doodling on her junior high school desk with a green erasable marker.

And a small-time thief banked $150,000 after accusing cops of smashing his head through the windshield of a car while he was in handcuffs.

The hefty sums were among 35 settlements and judgments worth $100,000 or more that the city paid between July 1, 2011, and June 30, 2012, to end lawsuits accusing the NYPD of violating civil rights, New York has learned.

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