More disturbing reports out of NYC where narcotics police are being investigated for making false arrests to meet quotas:
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.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny_crime/2011/10/13/2011-10-13_excop_we_fabricated_drug_raps_for_quotas.html#ixzz1agAYdKdH
The detective goes on to say that such practices were commonplace and that the police had “no emotion with it”. A federal judge presiding over the case said that the NYPD’s plagued by “widespread falsification” by arresting officers.
These police officers, the ones entrusted to protect us and our families have committed crimes that are so corrupt they shake the foundations of our justice system. Imagine being totally innocent and just enjoying a good time with friends when you are suddenly arrested for buying cocaine?! What kind of emotional distress did these innocent people suffer?
It’s time to really clean up our law enforcement. There needs to be transparent and independent oversight and strict penalties for those officers violating the rights of citizens.