NYPD officer Adrian Schoolcraft sued his city in 2010 for $50 million after he said he was thrown in to a psych ward at Jamaica Hospital for exposing a quota system being run by the department.
Schoolcraft said he was unlawfully detained after fellow officers launched a campaign of harassment against him when he blew the whistle on cops changing crime statistics and using arrest quotas at the 81st Precinct in Brooklyn.
He claimed officers came into his Queens home and declared him an emotionally disturbed person on Halloween 2009 under the alleged orders of Stephen Mauriello.
Mauriello, Schoolcraft’s commanding officer who currently holds the position of city inspector, was unknowingly recorded by the whistle blower discussing how to manipulate crime stats.
On Tuesday, Schoolcraft settled with the city for $600,000. He still has claims against the hospital and two doctors – which are pending and scheduled to go to trial on Oct. 19.
“He is disappointed but he accepts the city’s decision,” Mauriello’s attorney Walter Kretz said.
“I don’t think the real story of what happened here has ever been told. The tapes have been misconstrued. He can defend everything he said on them.”
Mauriello has offered no comment about the settlement and is now stationed in Bronx transit. Departmental charges against him for manipulating crime statistics are still pending now some five years later.
The settlement includes backpay and benefits for Schoolcraft from Oct. 31, 2009 to the end of 2015, filings show, which will reportedly make the total payout in excess of $1 million.
Schoolcraft remains suspended without pay but is expected to retire after the settlement is finalized.
“We are pleased that we were able to reach a just and fair resolution of this dispute with Adrian Schoolcraft,” a city Law Department spokesman said. “The settlement should not be construed as an admission that the City or any City employee engaged in wrongdoing.”
Schoolcraf’s lawyers declined to comment on the pending litigation against the hospital.