(Christopher Robbins) A federal judge ruled yesterdaythat an NYPD officer who spoke out against a system of quotas in his precinct is not protected by the First Amendment.

Officer Craig Matthews, a 16-year veteran of the department, said he was subjected to harassment, intimidation, and retributive assignments after he complained about the color-coded quota system that he claimed existed in the Bronx's 42nd Precinct, and sued the city and the NYPD.

Federal Judge Paul Engelmayer dismissed Matthews's suit, noting that his complaints were not protected by the First Amendment because Matthews "spoke as an NYPD employee, not a citizen."

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