End the Lie

Former NYPD narcotics detective testifies that drug charges were fabricated to meet quotas, other detective found guilty

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By End the Lie

Testimony from former NYPD narcotics detective Stephen Anderson revealed that there is widespread fabrication of drug charges and false arrests amongst the Brooklyn south and Queens narcotics units.

This is a dangerous result of the type of society that uses police not to keep the peace and protect law abiding citizens but instead to generate revenue at all costs.

I must regretfully point out that these incidents of framing innocent people are just a grain of sand on the beach of police corruption that plagues New York.

Furthermore, this is just a symptom of the government system which employs Mafia-like tactics to subjugate and oppress the people, especially those who they view as weak.

It is also evident that the entire concept of the “war on drugs” encourages this type of behavior, as Justice Gustin Reichbach pointed out in saying, “Anything goes in the never-ending war on drugs […] and a refusal to go along with questionable practices raise the specter of blacklisting and isolation”.

Thus far eight police officers have been arrested in the probe and Anderson’s testimony was given under a cooperation agreement with the prosecutor’s office.

Jason Arbeeny, a 14-year veteran of the NYPD, was convicted of official misconduct, offering a false instrument for filing, and falsifying business records, all of which committed in 2007.

Anderson did not know Arbeeny or work with him, making his testimony that much more damning and indicative of how widespread the practice of framing innocent people actually is.

The disgusting practice of planting cocaine on innocent people, known colloquially as “flaking”, seems to be widespread and surely the eight officers are not the only ones, although that is pure speculation at this point.

In 2008, Anderson planted cocaine on four individuals at a bar in Queens, allegedly in order to assist another police officer, Henry Tavarez.

Anderson claimed that Tavarez “was worried about getting sent back [to patrol] and, you know, the supervisors getting on his case” at the corruption trial for former 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 told the Brooklyn Supreme Court last week, according to the NY Daily News.

“As a detective, you still have a number to reach while you are in the narcotics division,” he said, referring to the quotas law enforcement have to meet. In other cases, offenders can be sent to centers for drug abuse treatment in New York.

The testimony of Anderson proves that the practice of falsifying drug busts was not just isolated to one unit.

Justice Gustin Reichbach asked Anderson in court if he “observe[d] with some frequency this … practice which is taking someone who was seemingly not guilty of a crime and lying drugs on them?”

To which Anderson replied, “Yes, multiple times”.

“It was something I was seeing a lot of, whether it was from supervisors or undercovers and even investigators,” Anderson told the court.

I find the fact that Anderson even witnessed supervisors engaging in “flaking” especially unsettling. It is statements like this that make many Americans distrust and dislike police officers even when it is unwarranted.

When Justice Reichbach continued to press Anderson on if he ever considered the considerable harm he was doling out to innocent citizens, Anderson gave a startlingly callous reply.

“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,” Anderson said.

While the NYPD has not responded to requests for comments on this issue, the city of New York paid out $300,000 in a settlement for a false arrest suit filed by Jose and Maximo Colon who were framed by Anderson and Tavarez.

However, when one looks at all of the cases in which the city has settled false arrest suits caused by the NYPD planting drugs on innocent people, the total cost is in the neighborhood of $1.2 million.

Sentencing for Arbeeny is scheduled for January and he faces up to four years in prison. Personally, I think this is far short of what is required to teach other police that this isn’t acceptable behavior.

We must also realize that if the model of policing we currently use and the entire concept of a “war on drugs” continues as such, we will never see an end to this type of corruption.

Note: I realize this is somewhat old news at the time of writing but I believe it is quite important regardless. This is the kind of information that needs to be brought up whenever possible.

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