"Attempts to perform the types of searches envisioned in the bill will lead to system crashes and significant delays during the intake and release process," said Assistant Deputy Commissioner Robert Messner, while testifying in front of the council's Public Safety Committee. "The only way the department could possibly comply with the bill would be a manual count of over half a million invoices each year."This is bullshit. From a clapped-out bull, at that. They actually expect everyone to believe they don't keep track of this? You've got two choices:
When asked by councilmember Dan Garodnick whether the NYPD had come to the hearing with any sort of accounting for how much money it has seized from New Yorkers this past year, the NYPD higher-ups testifying simply answered "no."
NYPD is lying
NYPD is run by incompetents.
Take your pick.
I'm going with the first choice.
...According to the scant records Bronx Defenders did manage to get back, the NYPD reported more than $6 million in revenue in 2013 from seized cash, forfeitures, and property sold at auction, and it had a balance of more than $68 million in seized currency in any given month of that year.
My guess is they're lying their ass off because they don't want to admit just how much money they're stealing; that's probably a big bite out of their budget, and they don't want to have to answer for it.