According to new court papers, retired NYPD officer, Pierre Maximilien, claims that cops in his former bureau were awarded more overtime if they arrested black men.
Maximilien alleges that officers in Coney Island’s Transit District 34 were told to avoid whites, Asians and Jewish people (referred to as “soft targets”) and instead focus on Blacks and Hispanics while patrolling the subways.
He also claims that his former commanding officer, Constantin Tsachas, enforced the policies and punished Black and Hispanic officers who didn’t comply. Tsachas is currently the second-highest-ranking transit officer in Brooklyn.
“We were taught by Tsachas’ closest lieutenants that we could not give summons to what they called … ‘soft targets,’ ” reads Maximilien’s sworn affidavit. “Instead, it was emphasized that we needed to stop male blacks. Those were the ones Tsachas wanted to go to jail.”
Maximilien’s allegations are part of an ongoing Manhattan federal-court lawsuit brought by NYPD Sgt. Edreweene Raymond and three others who claim police brass retaliated after they spoke up between 2011 and 2015 about a racist quota system governing ticketing and arrests.
Other officers back up the allegations in their own declarations, with cop Aaron Diaz claiming that Tsachas told him “You should write up more black and Hispanic people,” and policeman Daniel Perez saying he was scolded for “stopping too many Russian and Chinese.”
Maximilien, who retired in 2015, says white officers who didn’t follow the orders would “get a pass,” while officers of color were punished.
“The supervisors would place the minority officers in punishment posts by ourselves, deny vacation or leave, deny us overtime, change our shifts, give us bogus command disciplines, yell at us in roll call, and give us poor evaluations,” he wrote.
The NYPD declined to comment, citing pending litigation.