David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy

Professor Schwartz Cited in Think Progress Article on Multi-Million-Dollar Settlement between City of New York and Family of Eric Garner

July 15, 2015 — Professor Joanna Schwartz is cited in a Think Progress article regarding the $5.9 million settlement between the city of New York and the family of Eric Garner. 

The settlement is part of efforts by the New York City Comptroller’s Office to pay out civil rights claims before victims file lawsuits, which cut down on the cost to taxpayers by avoiding a prolonged legal battle. 

According to Professor Schwartz, very few police officers in the United States have ever had to contribute to a payout to their victims. “Officers did not pay a dime of the over $3.9 million awarded in punitive damages,”  between 2006 and 2011, says Schwartz. 

Read the article.