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We fabricated drug charges against innocent people to meet arrest quotas, former detective testifies

A former NYPD narcotics detective snared in a corruption scandal testified it was common practice to fabricate drug charges against innocent people to meet arrest quotas.

 

The bombshell testimony from Stephen Anderson is the first public account of the twisted culture behind the false arrests in the Brooklyn South and Queens narc squads, which led to the arrests of eight cops and a massive shakeup.

 

Anderson, testifying under a cooperation agreement with prosecutors, was busted for planting cocaine, a practice known as "flaking," on four men in a Queens bar in 2008 to help out fellow cop Henry Tavarez, whose buy-and-bust activity had been low.

 

"Tavarez was ... was worried about getting sent back [to patrol] and, you know, the supervisors getting on his case," he recounted at the corruption trial of Brooklyn South narcotics Detective Jason Arbeeny.

 

"I had decided to give him [Tavarez] the drugs to help him out so that he could say he had a buy," Anderson testified last week in Brooklyn Supreme Court.

 

He made clear he wasn't about to pass off the two legit arrests he had made in the bar to Tavarez. As a detective, you still have a number to reach while you are in the narcotics division," he said. NYPD officials did not respond to a request for comment.

 

Anderson worked in the Queens and Brooklyn South narcotics squads and was called to the stand at Arbeeny's bench trial to show the illegal conduct wasn't limited to a single squad.

 

"Did you observe with some frequency this ... practice which is taking someone who was seemingly not guilty of a crime and laying the drugs on them?" Justice Gustin Reichbach asked Anderson. "Yes, multiple times," he replied.

 

The judge pressed Anderson on whether he ever gave a thought to the damage he was inflicting on the innocent. "It was something I was seeing a lot of, whether it was from supervisors or under-covers and even investigators," he said.

 

"It's almost like you have no emotion with it, that they attach the bodies to it, they're going to be out of jail tomorrow anyway; nothing is going to happen to them anyway."

 

The city paid $300,000 to settle a false arrest suit by Jose Colon and his brother Maximo, who was falsely arrested by Anderson and Tavarez. A surveillance tape inside the bar showed they had been framed.

 

A federal judge presiding over the suit said the NYPD's plagued by "widespread falsification" by arresting officers.



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Comment by dave wright on October 14, 2011 at 11:24am
WAT IS MORE IMPORTANT MR.OVERSER....MR. OFFICER PROTECTING THE INNOCENT OR MAKIN UR STATION QUOTA TO PLEEZE MASSA......
Comment by Gerard Bryan on October 14, 2011 at 10:33am
How many innocent people got a record & extended jail time because of these heartless scums had a coater to meet.
Comment by Roseann Shepherd on October 14, 2011 at 10:21am
And we trust these people to keep us safe....they want us to respect them when they don't respect us...how many white people did they arrest or frame as compared to the Black and Hispanic? this is an out rage...I'm waiting to see how this will play out...any one arrested while these disgusting people were on the beat should be exonerated this is surely the way most of the cops here in New York operate.. they look at you & see a statistic not a person with a life & family.. they ruin your life so that they can meet their quotas without a care as to the damage they are causing...it is wrong when a cop has to meet a quota by fair or foul means. what if the public retaliate.. what then?
Comment by www.jaxsprats.com on October 14, 2011 at 8:39am
People in nyc have been saying this for years, now finally some real evidence to substantiate the truth about this. Class action lawsuits are ahead, and overturned convictions. This makes a lot if people angry, innocent people intentionally set up to be arrested and convicted for drugs just to fill s quota system that was fabricated and easily manipulated.
Comment by english on October 14, 2011 at 8:26am
WHAT CAN 'WE' DO ABOUT THIS??????????????????????  WHEN YOU REPORT THEM TO CCRB, THEY RETALIATE!!!!!
Comment by JamRockLady on October 14, 2011 at 8:23am

@Oliver F. Sampson...hotep Nubian Oliver. Nice to to see your comments again. It's been a while, lol.

You know them demons need to make themselves look like they're the "good guy", this is why they've never publicized this info, until now. I've always said; some demons have more evil in them than others.

 

Look at that hair and nose.  That man has some melanin in him probably from the slave-master raping our ancestors.  The melanin in him, is compelling him to do the right thing, eventually, as it mostly usually does in most melinated folks.

 

This Anderson character must have a low count of "natural/typical demon evil", too, as his "MOST RECENT" actions clearly demonstrates. However, he's "spilling the beans", is strictly for selfish reasons, and nothing else.

He's unloading his mind, because he feels that, come judgment day, God will show him mercy, for doing so.

 

Boy, is he ever wrong! It's a one way ticket straight to the pit of hell for that demon...confession or no confession. SMH.

Comment by english on October 14, 2011 at 8:20am
THIS IS A TOTAL DISGRACE AND EMBARASSMENT TO NEW YORK CITY AND OTHER STATES THAT THIS IS/HAS HAPPENED IN.  I KNOW PERSONALLY THAT THIS IS WHAT THEY DO, DRIVE AROUND PICKING  UP INNOCENT CIVILIANS AND RUINING THEIR FUTURE.  FOR WHAT, A PENSION???????????????????  DEM ALL FE GO HELL AND BUN INNA DE "SMOKE"!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Comment by Clayton G. Trench on October 14, 2011 at 2:44am

big up mr vintage take it to them 

nothing new nuff man deh a jail can't get bail never live long enough to tell the tail,never did the crime but coped the time

so it set now maybe some youth case may be reviewed and set free

 

Comment by bob the builder on October 14, 2011 at 1:54am
Looks like the police will need police to watch them. I may have to make some citizens arrest when it comes these dirty cops.
Comment by Shirley on October 14, 2011 at 1:25am
If this is true, they should all go to prison for a long long time. This will not make the news because I am sure the majority of those framed were young black boys. What a corrupt world we live in. Bloomberg defends these type of people. The cops are always right, really? Shame shame on you all.

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