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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 Oliver F. Sampson on October 14, 2011 at 12:50am
My question is why haven't we heard this on national T.V?
Comment by JamRockLady on October 14, 2011 at 12:42am

Why tell the half truth demon?  It's MELINATED folks that the detective is referring to. Let's keep it real!

Arbeeny's bench trial to show the illegal conduct wasn't limited to a single squad

.....of course not!

Fiya fi dem demons for doing this and being BOLD enough to admit it publicly!

Comment by MrVintage on October 13, 2011 at 11:17pm
This unfortunately isn't news... NYPD is one of the biggest supliers of the Prison Industrial Complex... Wall St is in NY the same place where these stocks are freely traded... I'm sure they give tons of kickbacks in the form of crime suppression support to the NYPD.

This is the main reason the war on drugs was fought in the projects, and poor neighborhoods in NYC. This is the main reason blacks make up about 14% of the American population but represent over 30% of the prison population and growing... The NYPD is one of the biggest employers of blacks and Latinos... They give out jobs (arrests) all day and night... It doesn't matter if you want the job (guilty) or don't (not guilty)... The sad part of this whole process is that for years and years minority political leaders protested and accused the NYPD of racist/ fraudulent/ malicious tactics for years and what happened...? They were demonized and systematically destroyed by the establishment... The prison system is modern day slavery... Unfortunately the poor, and disenfranchised population will fill these prisons!!! Poor encompasses all races!!! If you can't afford excellent legal representation then you can forget about it... NYPD harassed me, a veteran of the US armed forces, and I dealt with their case... I contacted the CCCRB and those officers were reprimanded but not fired!!! Now I'm going to law school so I can start ending some careers!!! People wake up!!! Life is definitely not promised within Babylon's system...
Comment by Vinny Pat on October 13, 2011 at 10:43pm
not surprised but glad he's admitting emotion is what get's me, how do take away someone's livelyhood and not think about the overall effects...they claim to protect us and this is what they do, how sad
Comment by Ms. Green on October 13, 2011 at 10:33pm
Why am I not surprised??!!
Comment by Rootsman on October 13, 2011 at 10:07pm
NYPD r all a bunch of f*****' thieves n liars. No f*****' good!!
They need to get rid of that Dickhead of a Commisioner that they have. That Kelly is one Big A******!!
Comment by evolution on October 13, 2011 at 9:28pm

@Maria green I think that you are getting out of control.

Comment by Connie on October 13, 2011 at 9:00pm
Yes, every mother or parent who has ever had a child wrongfully arrested or set-up by police to get stripes, is smiling now. Every dog have it's day.  What goes around, must come back around, Karma is a b****.  Me dun now.
Comment by Nevis W.I Ellee on October 13, 2011 at 8:43pm

oop tee doo tell me something New Please, NYP lol lol lol !!!!!

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