Police Bureau Chief and New York Daily News New York City taxpayers paid out nearly $68 million to resolve alleged police misconduct lawsuits in the first seven months of 2022, putting the city on pace for more than $100 million in payouts by year’s end, The Legal Aid Society said Thursday.

The total so far this year already exceeds all the city payouts in 2020, and appeared almost certain to eclipse the totals for 2019 and 2021, the group said in a release based on its analysis of data through July 26.

“The sad truth is that while the city doles out tens of millions of dollars each year on police misconduct lawsuits, the overwhelming majority of the officers involved in these lawsuits likely received only a slap on the wrist, if any discipline at all,” said Jennvine Wong, staff attorney with the society’s special litigation unit.

Among the largest of the settlements included was the $12 million payout involving two officers sued for leaving a young city resident paralyzed, according to Legal Aid. One of the pair remains on duty at the 72nd Precinct, the group said.

Records indicated a second $12 million settlement in May involving the case of Pablo Fernandez, wrongfully convicted for 1996 for a homicide that he did not commit. He served more than two decades in prison before his release, and the charges were ultimately dismissed.

A third lawsuit, brought by a dozen legal observers sent to document police behavior in the Bronx during the 2020 George Floyd protests, led to a payout of nearly $50,000 this year.

The city was also on the hook for legal fees that could total hundreds of thousands of dollars in the “kettling” incident where protesters were blocked from moving by police — who then violently arrested them once the 8 p.m. curfew arrived, according to advocacy groups.

The multi-million dollar total does not include cases settled with the city comptroller’s office prior to formal litigation.

“Simply put, officers who commit egregious acts of misconduct should not be allowed to patrol our clients’ neighborhoods,” said Wong.

The city’s “inaction” in dealing with officers who commit misconduct furthers “the culture of impunity that thrives at precincts throughout New York City” and “costs taxpayers millions of dollars that would be better spent on services for vulnerable communities,” Wong sid.

The Police Benevolent Association had no comment on the report, although the NYPD issued a statement noting this year’s numbers were “skewed by four cases” that accounted for 70% of the grand total.

“The remaining 30% is more accurately aligned with settlements of previous years, which have steadily declined since 2017,” the NYPD said.

Stefan Mooklal, Deputy Chief of Staff for the NYC Law Department, noted “the city’s settlement totals fluctuate year to year.” Asked specifically about the $12 million NYPD case involving the paralyzed victim, he said: “This settlement was in the best interest of both parties.