NYPD Commonly Planted Drugs On Innocent People To Meet Arrest Quotas

02FLAKING-articleLargeEver watch that show Punked on MTV with Ashton Kutcher? The NYPD narcotics squads do something that’s kind of like that. The New York Daily News reports:

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…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.

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.

The city paid $300,000 to settle a false arrest suit by Jose Colon and his brother Maximo, who were 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 is plagued by “widespread falsification” by arresting officers.

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  • emperorreagan

    Not surprising. 

    Police departments have every motivation to inflate arrests in cases like this to show they’re fighting the drug trade, or to skew violent crime statistics to try to make it look like they’re reducing crime.  They need those statistics to justify their obscene budgets.

    I have very little use for the police.  I think politicians lean on police as a visible thing to point to and say we’re keeping your community safe.  I don’t think they do that at all – and in many communities I think they just make things worse.  

    One thing that really sticks out in my mind is a few research papers about the speeds people drive on roadways – road design basically determines the speed people drive.  Police enforcing speed limits are really superfluous – if you want people to drive slower, don’t build long, straight roads.  People will continue to drive fast on long straight roads, regardless of police presence (aside from slow downs for rubbernecking on the occasions the cops pull someone over).

    I think the same really applies across the board.  Look at public policy, look at our communities, look to the glorification of violence in our culture.  Those things drive crime.  If you want to reduce crime, look to those same things.  Cops aren’t going to reduce crime.

  • emperorreagan

    Not surprising. 

    Police departments have every motivation to inflate arrests in cases like this to show they’re fighting the drug trade, or to skew violent crime statistics to try to make it look like they’re reducing crime.  They need those statistics to justify their obscene budgets.

    I have very little use for the police.  I think politicians lean on police as a visible thing to point to and say we’re keeping your community safe.  I don’t think they do that at all – and in many communities I think they just make things worse.  

    One thing that really sticks out in my mind is a few research papers about the speeds people drive on roadways – road design basically determines the speed people drive.  Police enforcing speed limits are really superfluous – if you want people to drive slower, don’t build long, straight roads.  People will continue to drive fast on long straight roads, regardless of police presence (aside from slow downs for rubbernecking on the occasions the cops pull someone over).

    I think the same really applies across the board.  Look at public policy, look at our communities, look to the glorification of violence in our culture.  Those things drive crime.  If you want to reduce crime, look to those same things.  Cops aren’t going to reduce crime.

    • something different

      Cops are supposed to be there and prevent crime with their mere presence. But they hide and wait for you to commit a crime so they can meet the quotas, total entrapment, completly illegal.

  • DeepCough

    Hey, if this is a War on Drugs, then falsely convicted innocents are thereby “collateral damage.”

  • DeepCough

    Hey, if this is a War on Drugs, then falsely convicted innocents are thereby “collateral damage.”

    • ChristianHypocrite

      What’s the big deal about this?  If they are innocent, then they’ll get off anyways.  No harm done, and defense counsel is free if you don’t want to pay for it.  I say it’s worth it, if only a few ‘innocents’ have to be inconvenienced in order to keep the dangerous pot off our streets and out of our kids hands.  Bravo to the police for doing what is right – and just – so that this valiant War isn’t lost to stupid hippies and loser druggies.

      • GoodDoktorBad

        Do you find the fishing in these waters sufficient to sate your appetites? 

        How exciting it must be for you while you cast your line and wait for the fish to bite….

        I see your using the classic dumbass “ hippies and loser druggies” routine lure to reel ‘em in…but hey, what ever works fer ya……you ARE after all, so very clever.

        • Anarchy Pony

          I don’t get it, is he/she/it, trying to be sarcastic? Or ironic? Or just being a troll?

          • GoodDoktorBad

            Yes, yes and yes…

          • Anarchy Pony

            Ah, but of course…

          • chonus

            playing the christian hypocrite…

      • Heath

        No I’m guessing the big deal is people like you continuing public ideals that we are guilty until proven innocent.. Hang your head in shame

        A public pretender(defender) you are kidding right?

      • something different

        the dangerous pot. lol. you are right man that shit made me sleep all day, so much harm done to my life. Keep it off the streets and just deliver it straight to my house please. 

        • DeepCough

          Honestly, in trying to be sarcastic, he comes off as a commie fuckhead.

      • Amunroe5671

        i truly hope your being sarcastic. if not your a truly horrible person and your soul is black. i certainly would not want to look at the way you see the world. my condolences.

      • Bostonscreenman

        DANGEROUS POT!!!HAHAHAHA …YOU UNINFORMED FOOL..you are probably 60-75 years old, and as brilliant as the rest of your generation …

      • http://www.facebook.com/SeX.WiTh.DeAtH Diego Silva

        1. your totally ignorant to the fact that people while innocent are being jailed for ridiculous reasons.
        2. there is harm done in arresting INNOCENT people. didnt INNOCENT people die on 9/11. theres no harm in that right?
        3. defense counsels are free, but get paid by the states attorneys office, so they are really not your attorney they work for the states interest, that being they work to get you convicted.
        4. inconvinience a few innocents??? <— now thats fucking ignorant
        5. Dangerous Pot?? http://www.healthkicker.com/692253056/marijuana-vs-alcohol—an-indepth-breakdown/ (as a nurse i can tell u no one has ever died from marijuana poisoning, overdose, or any medical problem associated with the immediate intake of marijuanna) so read and inform urself instead of making irrational ignorant comments about something u dont understand.
        6. *The U.S. federal government spent over $15 billion dollars in 2010 on the War on Drugs, at a rate of about $500 per second. ( of ur money )
         *Arrests for drug law violations this year are expected to exceed the 1,663,582
        arrests of 2009. Law enforcement made more arrests for drug abuse violations
        (an estimated 1.6 million arrests, or 13.0 percent of the total number of arrests)
        than for any other offense in 2009.

        Someone is arrested for violating a drug law every 19 seconds.
        *Police arrested an estimated 858,408 persons for cannabis violations in 2009.
        Of those charged with cannabis violations, approximately 89 percent were charged with possession only.
        An American is arrested for violating cannabis laws every 30 seconds.

        *Since December 31, 1995, the U.S. prison population has grown an
        average of 43,266 inmates per year. About 25 per cent are sentenced
        for drug law violations.
        *In Maryland, a state survey of police traffic
        stops — ordered by the state court in response to state troopers' use
        of racial profiling — found that from January 1995 through December
        1997, 70 percent of the drivers stopped on Interstate 95 were African
        Americans. According to an ACLU survey conducted around that time, only
        17.5 percent of the traffic and speeders on that road were African
        American.

        *http://drugwarfacts.org/cms/?q=node/64

        (please read and educate urself)

        7. the war was created as a means to increase the value of drugs, in turn the gov. would sell it to the minorities and jail them for using them therefore winning making money from the sales and incarcerations. ignorant phonies like u is wat keeeps these people in jail, in my opinion ur just not educated enough to understand whjats behind the looking glass….

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_76KIB6NCYIJYOSBNC267HHVPLY Tristan M

        (in response as if it wasnt a joke).  how about i kill your mother and make it seem like it was you(not exactly the same but arrested unfairly and whatnot)…i mean…if you didnt do it..youll get off…you might have lost your job, reputation, various possessions, your credit from not paying bills, ability to donate blood…and hey..you might be able to put up bail and get out early..but i dont think you get that back if ur found innocent/not guilty. the ends do not justify the means when applied to laws and police behavior(or ever imho). what if those innocents were your family members. what if they planted a hundred pot plants, persian blue poppies, a heroin conversion lab and a meth/mdma lab in some rural secluded cabin, falsified papers and evidence so that it was your family members property, and planted more evidence and arrested your entire family and claimed they had been running a drug family/gang for years and children had been raised to take over the family trade and etc. your name would be ruined your life as well…i wouldnt be surprised if someone were to kill themselves from the stress and etc.
        put yurself in the shoes of the people you are harming, maybe youll learn the word empathy. sympathy at the very least.

    • noname

      You wouldn’t think that way if you were arrested for no reason and had to defend yourself. 

      • something different

        umm he is being sarcastic thus the quotes  :P

        • DeepCough

          Nail on the head.

  • Mr Willow

    Does anyone else get really depressed when you see that a police department has ‘arrest quotas’? And even more depressed that said quota isn’t as low a number as possible?

  • Mr Willow

    Does anyone else get really depressed when you see that a police department has ‘arrest quotas’? And even more depressed that said quota isn’t as low a number as possible?

    • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

      I agree with you, arguably the arrest quota could be alright, if it was dynamic and changed according to yearly or monthly crime rates. The strange thing about policing, similar to medicine, is that if you do your job, and do it correctly, you make yourself unnecessary in the short term.

    • Tuna Ghost

      I was once told by a judge that the local police “do not, contrary to popular belief, have quotas.  They do, however, have personal goals.”  I think he meant it to be funny.

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    I agree with you, arguably the arrest quota could be alright, if it was dynamic and changed according to yearly or monthly crime rates. The strange thing about policing, similar to medicine, is that if you do your job, and do it correctly, you make yourself unnecessary in the short term.

  • ChristianHypocrite

    What’s the big deal about this?  If they are innocent, then they’ll get off anyways.  No harm done, and defense counsel is free if you don’t want to pay for it.  I say it’s worth it, if only a few ‘innocents’ have to be inconvenienced in order to keep the dangerous pot off our streets and out of our kids hands.  Bravo to the police for doing what is right – and just – so that this valiant War isn’t lost to stupid hippies and loser druggies.

  • Anonymous

    Do you find the fishing in these waters sufficient to sate your appetites? 

    How exciting it must be for you while you cast your line and wait for the fish to bite….

    I see your using the classic dumbass “ hippies and loser druggies” routine to reel ‘em in…but hey, what ever works fer ya……you ARE after all, so very clever.

  • Heath

    No I’m guessing the big deal is people like you continuing public ideals that we are guilty until proven innocent.. Hang your head in shame

    A public pretender(defender) you are kidding right?

  • Anti-Citizen1

    I don’t get it, is he/she/it, trying to be sarcastic? Or ironic? Or just being a troll?

  • something different

    the dangerous pot. lol. you are right man that shit made me sleep all day, so much harm done to my life. Keep it off the streets and just deliver it straight to my house please. 

  • something different

    I never trust a cop at night, one of the reasons I don’t go on more late night drives, the other reason is alien abduction. It’s an industry not a civic service anymore, like disaster relief. Some say policing is the corner stone of society but im pretty sure its agriculture. Its just too much of a good thing, instead have every young male do a round in the police force creating a spartan state, spy vs spy and females if the individual request a round on duty, but im pretty sure thats what the aliens want, which is  for us to police our selves. :P Church tried to control with an all seeing invisible god with super powers and inacted those superpowers when “god” didnt, by killing heretics. Policiticians try by hidding themselves and pretending to have super powers, so much for separation of church and state.  Violent force via security forces is what politicians pretend to have, but if the masses stood up at  once it would futile for them to resist revolution and a warning against elitism would forever be scared in history for those to come.  

  • something different

    I never trust a cop at night, one of the reasons I don’t go on more late night drives, the other reason is alien abduction. It’s an industry not a civic service anymore, like disaster relief. Some say policing is the corner stone of society but im pretty sure its agriculture. Its just too much of a good thing, instead have every young male do a round in the police force creating a spartan state, spy vs spy and females if the individual request a round on duty, but im pretty sure thats what the aliens want, which is  for us to police our selves. :P Church tried to control with an all seeing invisible god with super powers and inacted those superpowers when “god” didnt, by killing heretics. Policiticians try by hidding themselves and pretending to have super powers, so much for separation of church and state.  Violent force via security forces is what politicians pretend to have, but if the masses stood up at  once it would futile for them to resist revolution and a warning against elitism would forever be scared in history for those to come.  

  • DeepCough

    Honestly, in trying to be sarcastic, he comes off as a commie fuckhead.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DZM2Z2A6N3U6EZSGPO6QPRAM2Q Alan

    From Ohio: “We don’t have quotas. We have goals.”
    SSDD.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DZM2Z2A6N3U6EZSGPO6QPRAM2Q Alan

    From Ohio: “We don’t have quotas. We have goals.”
    SSDD.

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    in my entire life
    i have never need a cop for protection
    but i have needed protection
    from the cops

    protect and serve is their motto
    but they protect and serve the 1%
    at the expense of the 99%

  • BuzzCoastin

    in my entire life
    i have never need a cop for protection
    but i have needed protection
    from the cops

    protect and serve is their motto
    but they protect and serve the 1%
    at the expense of the 99%

    • something different

      cops are that gray area in between one number and the other. They have lost their souls and humanity and are now just the tentacles  of the  figurative elite  
      monster
       octopus. The pyramid behind the dollar bill might not be true to how we behave but its certainly their power structure, if they lose a few cop bricks at the bottom it just becomes a smaller pyramid but its still there. Dinosaurs will die!!!!  

  • Anonymous

    Yes, yes and yes…

  • Anonymous

    Yes, yes and yes…

  • Anti-Citizen1

    Ah, but of course…

  • Anti-Citizen1

    Ah, but of course…

  • Amunroe5671

    i truly hope your being sarcastic. if not your a truly horrible person and your soul is black. i certainly would not want to look at the way you see the world. my condolences.

  • Amunroe5671

    i truly hope your being sarcastic. if not your a truly horrible person and your soul is black. i certainly would not want to look at the way you see the world. my condolences.

  • Bostonscreenman

    DANGEROUS POT!!!HAHAHAHA …YOU UNINFORMED FOOL..you are probably 60-75 years old, and as brilliant as the rest of your generation …

  • http://www.facebook.com/SeX.WiTh.DeAtH Diego Silva

    yea i unfortunately was one of them. was buying food at a bodega  got thrown on the floor and drugs were put into my back pack in brooklyn and i was dragged to hell (centralBooking) for 24 hrs only to have judge dismiss my case for lack of evidence… what happened to the evidence???

  • http://www.facebook.com/SeX.WiTh.DeAtH Diego Silva

    yea i unfortunately was one of them. was buying food at a bodega  got thrown on the floor and drugs were put into my back pack in brooklyn and i was dragged to hell (centralBooking) for 24 hrs only to have judge dismiss my case for lack of evidence… what happened to the evidence???

  • http://www.facebook.com/SeX.WiTh.DeAtH Diego Silva

    1. your totally ignorant to the fact that people while innocent are being jailed for ridiculous reasons.
    2. there is harm done in arresting INNOCENT people. didnt INNOCENT people die on 9/11. theres no harm in that right?
    3. defense counsels are free, but get paid by the states attorneys office, so they are really not your attorney they work for the states interest, that being they work to get you convicted.
    4. inconvinience a few innocents??? <— now thats fucking ignorant
    5. Dangerous Pot?? http://www.healthkicker.com/692253056/marijuana-vs-alcohol—an-indepth-breakdown/ (as a nurse i can tell u no one has ever died from marijuana poisoning, overdose, or any medical problem associated with the immediate intake of marijuanna) so read and inform urself instead of making irrational ignorant comments about something u dont understand.
    6. *The U.S. federal government spent over $15 billion dollars in 2010 on the War on Drugs, at a rate of about $500 per second. ( of ur money )
     *Arrests for drug law violations this year are expected to exceed the 1,663,582
    arrests of 2009. Law enforcement made more arrests for drug abuse violations
    (an estimated 1.6 million arrests, or 13.0 percent of the total number of arrests)
    than for any other offense in 2009.

    Someone is arrested for violating a drug law every 19 seconds.
    *Police arrested an estimated 858,408 persons for cannabis violations in 2009.
    Of those charged with cannabis violations, approximately 89 percent were charged with possession only.
    An American is arrested for violating cannabis laws every 30 seconds.

    *Since December 31, 1995, the U.S. prison population has grown an
    average of 43,266 inmates per year. About 25 per cent are sentenced
    for drug law violations.
    *In Maryland, a state survey of police traffic
    stops — ordered by the state court in response to state troopers' use
    of racial profiling — found that from January 1995 through December
    1997, 70 percent of the drivers stopped on Interstate 95 were African
    Americans. According to an ACLU survey conducted around that time, only
    17.5 percent of the traffic and speeders on that road were African
    American.

    *http://drugwarfacts.org/cms/?q=node/64

    (please read and educate urself)

    7. the war was created as a means to increase the value of drugs, in turn the gov. would sell it to the minorities and jail them for using them therefore winning making money from the sales and incarcerations. ignorant phonies like u is wat keeeps these people in jail, in my opinion ur just not educated enough to understand whjats behind the looking glass….

  • something different

    Cops are supposed to be there and prevent crime with their mere presence. But they hide and wait for you to commit a crime so they can meet the quotas, total entrapment, completly illegal.

  • something different

    Cops are supposed to be there and prevent crime with their mere presence. But they hide and wait for you to commit a crime so they can meet the quotas, total entrapment, completly illegal.

  • noname

    You wouldn’t think that way if you were arrested for no reason and had to defend yourself. 

  • something different

    umm he is being sarcastic thus the quotes  :P

  • DeepCough

    Nail on the head.

  • Tuna Ghost

    I was once told by a judge that the local police “do not, contrary to popular belief, have quotas.  They do, however, have personal goals.”  I think he meant it to be funny.

  • Anonymous

    playing the christian hypocrite…

  • Freetheworld

    Now Imagine what the TSA is going to do to the average person when they don’t meet their ‘quotas’.  Especially since they are going to be putting in TSA checkpoints on highways ( already started in Tenessee apparently).

  • Freetheworld

    Now Imagine what the TSA is going to do to the average person when they don’t meet their ‘quotas’.  Especially since they are going to be putting in TSA checkpoints on highways ( already started in Tenessee apparently).

  • something different

    cops are that gray area in between one number and the other. They have lost their souls and humanity and are now just the tentacles  of the  figurative elite  
    monster
     octopus. The pyramid behind the dollar bill might not be true to how we behave but its certainly their power structure, if they lose a few cop bricks at the bottom it just becomes a smaller pyramid but its still there. Dinosaurs will die!!!!  

  • http://www.kashgar.com.au Lindarama

    Incredibly depressing

  • http://www.kashgar.com.au Lindarama

    Incredibly depressing

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_76KIB6NCYIJYOSBNC267HHVPLY Tristan M

    (in response as if it wasnt a joke).  how about i kill your mother and make it seem like it was you(not exactly the same but arrested unfairly and whatnot)…i mean…if you didnt do it..youll get off…you might have lost your job, reputation, various possessions, your credit from not paying bills, ability to donate blood…and hey..you might be able to put up bail and get out early..but i dont think you get that back if ur found innocent/not guilty. the ends do not justify the means when applied to laws and police behavior(or ever imho). what if those innocents were your family members. what if they planted a hundred pot plants, persian blue poppies, a heroin conversion lab and a meth/mdma lab in some rural secluded cabin, falsified papers and evidence so that it was your family members property, and planted more evidence and arrested your entire family and claimed they had been running a drug family/gang for years and children had been raised to take over the family trade and etc. your name would be ruined your life as well…i wouldnt be surprised if someone were to kill themselves from the stress and etc.
    put yurself in the shoes of the people you are harming, maybe youll learn the word empathy. sympathy at the very least.

  • Scoobpop

    Police don’t and can’t fight wars. That is for the military. If Police think they are fighting a war then there is a problem.