Talk about corrupt!
Former Detective Stephen Anderson, pictured above with the slight smirk on his face, testified under a cooperation agreement with prosecutor how it was common practice to fabricate drug charges against innocent people to meet their 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 narcotics 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.
“As a detective, you still have a number to reach while you are in the narcotics division,” Anderson said.
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.”
Jose Colon sued the city and was paid $300,000 to settle a false arrest suit he and his brother Maximo, who were falsely arrested by Anderson and his partner 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 is a corruption that’s been exposed in numbers.