Stop-and-Frisk Whistle-Blower Cops Say They're Harassed

Officer Pedro Serrano says he's been targeted by co-workers since blowing the whistle on the NYPD.

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NYPD at demonstration against stop-and-frisk searches in March (Allison Joyce/Getty Images)

The night shift, hovering bosses, poor work evaluations -- officer Pedro Serrano told the Washington Post that he's suffered all of these things for speaking out against the New York Police Department's stop-and-frisk policies. 

Serrano claims he's been harassed, micromanaged and eventually transferred to a different precinct and put on the overnight shift.

"It hasn't been a picnic," he said in an interview this week. "They have their methods of dealing with someone like me" ...

Serrano testified that he received poor evaluations, was denied vacation days and was forced to work overtime as punishment because he tallied too few arrests and stop-and-frisk reports.

"There's a whole bunch of things they do, but they're minor," Serrano said. "But when you put it all together, it becomes a hostile work environment."

For example, he says, he never saw his commanding officer until word got out about his quota allegations — then the official was personally checking Serrano's shift paperwork. He says he was forced to drive around with a sergeant and issue summonses and stop people until he brought up his numbers. Even after his numbers improved, his evaluations didn't. And he claimed he was forced to come in during a massive snowstorm even though he was nearly in a car accident.

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