NYC Analyst Sues; Fired After Criticizing Bratton Stats


A former policy analyst for the New York City Council filed a federal lawsuit on Wednesday claiming he was fired in September for speaking to reporters to voice his criticism over testimony given by Police Commission William Bratton about use of force by police officers, reports the New York Times. Artyom Matusov was fired after contacting reporters to question statistics that Bratton presented to the Council on Sept. 8. He called Bratton’s data “not true.”

The suit, filed in federal court in Manhattan, asserts that the council fired Matusov, an analyst since 2011, for speaking out, but that it gave him no explanation for its action. His attorney, Norman Siegel, called it “a classic free-speech case.” A council spokeswoman said the claims had “absolutely no merit.”

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