Police misconduct complaints cost city $31 million since 2005
The District has paid at least $31.6 million in 173 cases alleging police misconduct since 2005.
Citing data obtained from the D.C. Attorney General’s Office, The Washington Post reported that false-arrest accusations made up about 95 percent of the money paid from those lawsuits.
The payouts have risen recently, with misconduct lawsuits costing city taxpayers at least $3.8 million in the first nine months of 2016.
Similar complaints cost the city $2.9 million between about 2011 and 2014.
In the past two fiscal years, more than two-thirds of the complaints were filed by African-Americans.