Lawyers accuse NYC of withholding evidence in lawsuit over racist arrest quotas

Lawyers accuse NYC of withholding evidence in lawsuit over racist arrest quotas
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[Ed. – DeBlasio would never countenance such a thing. (Yeah, right.)]

Lawyers for an NYPD sergeant suing over allegedly racist arrest quotas claim city lawyers are doing all they can to stonewall his discrimination lawsuit — including withholding evidence and trying to keep former NYPD Commissioners Bill Bratton and James O’Neill from testifying, according to court papers.

“While any of these ‘coincidences’ taken alone could be scoffed at as minor, collectively they show a willful pattern of culpability to withhold evidence and unethically stymie discovery,” read Manhattan federal court papers filed Friday on behalf of NYPD Sgt. Edreweene Raymond.

Raymond and others sued the city and high-ranking NYPD brass in 2015, claiming high-ranking transit leader Constantin Tsachas forced officers in Coney Island’s Transit District 34 to arrest black and Hispanic men, and avoid “soft targets” like whites, Asians and Jews.

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His lawyers Friday blasted their adversaries for “chicanery,” and asked a judge to issue sanctions.

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