NYPD Officer Explains Faking Drug Arrests to Meet Quotas

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NEW YORK - APRIL 06:  A New York City police officer stands on patrol on April 6, 2010 in New York City. Following a melee involving groups of youths around Times Square last Sunday evening, concern is growing that New York City may be witnessing a resurgence in crime. Crime is up while fewer officers are patrolling the streets due to budget cuts in the police department, with more officers assigned to terrorism related security details. Shootings in New York City are up 19 percent and murders up 22 percent over the same period last year. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 06: A New York City police officer stands on patrol on April 6, 2010 in New York City. Following a melee involving groups of youths around Times Square last Sunday evening, concern is growing that New York City may be witnessing a resurgence in crime. Crime is up while fewer officers are patrolling the streets due to budget cuts in the police department, with more officers assigned to terrorism related security details. Shootings in New York City are up 19 percent and murders up 22 percent over the same period last year. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Photo: Spencer Platt/2010 Getty Images

A former detective cooperating with prosecutors detailed in court the practice of "flaking," or planting drugs on innocent people, which he admitted to doing in order to help a fellow officer whose buy-and-bust stats had been low. "As a detective, you still have a number to reach while you are in the narcotics division," Stephen Anderson explained, admitting that "multiple times" he'd observed the practice of "taking someone who was seemingly not guilty of a crime and laying the drugs on them." Asked about the damage inflicted on the victim, Anderson said, "It was something I was seeing a lot of, whether it was from supervisors or undercovers and even investigators," and added callously, "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." Eight cops were busted in Brooklyn and Queens for such arrests, leading a federal judge to call out "widespread falsification" at the hands of the NYPD.

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