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Legal Reality Newsletter – Drug Planting Scheme!

20 October A.D. 2011

“Justifying” the “war on drugs,” New York style.

Harmon L. Taylor
Legal Reality
Dallas, Texas

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Subject: THESE ain’t speeding ticket quotas
Date: Mon, 17 Oct 2011 14:49:58 +0000 (UTC)


Former narcotics detective testified that officers routinely set up innocent people to meet arrest quotas.
By Naeesa Aziz  Posted: 10/14/2011 05:10 PM EDT  Filed Under crime
NYPD Drug Planting

For years, members of the Black community have claimed that many undercover drug agents were up to no good, and now shocking testimony from New York’s Finest validates those claims of corruption.

During a corruption trial Wednesday former New York City narcotics detective Stephen Anderson testified that he and other members of the Brooklyn South and Queens narcotic squads regularly planted drugs on innocent people in order to keep up with department arrest quotas.

Anderson was participating in the trial of Brooklyn detective Jason Arbeeny and was called to show that the practice of planting drugs, known as “flaking,” was commonplace among the narcotics detectives. Anderson, who was accused of planting cocaine on four men in a bar in 2008, was participating as part of an agreement made with prosecutors.

“As a detective, you still have a number to reach while you are in the narcotics division,” he saidaccording to the New York Daily News.

Advocacy groups called the practice a result of the country’s skewed objectives that stem from the war on drugs.

“One of the consequences of the war on drugs is that police officers are pressured to make large numbers of arrests, and it’s easy for some of the less honest cops to plant evidence on innocent people,” said Gabriel Sayegh of the Drug Policy Alliance, an organization dedicated to promoting human rights based alternatives to the drug war.

“The drug war inevitably leads to crooked policing — and quotas further incentivize such practices,” he said.

The group also reports that the NYPD has arrested more than 50,000 people last year for low-level marijuana offenses — 86% of whom are black and Latino — making marijuana possession the number-one offense in the City.

When asked by the judge whether he took the time to think about the repercussions of his actions, Anderson said, “It was something I was seeing a lot of, whether it was from supervisors or undercovers and even investigators.”

“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,” he said.

Two men who were framed by Anderson and his partner were paid $300,000 in a settlement with the city after surveillance taped showed the officer’s misconduct. 


3 Comments on “Legal Reality Newsletter – Drug Planting Scheme!”

  1. N/A says:

    Why crooked cops are found out to be so commonplace has to do with more than simply quotas, which are unethical at best and simply unlawful in the first place. Other factors are surely involved. In some cases crooked cops become so because of poor or inadequate pay. Then, the first time some Mafioso offers them some money to ignore obvious lawbreaking, the pressure to do so is overwhelming to some. So long as we have leaders who continue to thumb their noses at the united States Constitution and kiss the posteriors of ‘Big Business,'[this surely applies to most of the U.S. Congress, but thankfully not to all] there is no good reason to expect any long term positive changes.

    • Good morning, Sy! You’re absolutely right. When I posted this one on Facebook, I said: “You can’t even play good guys and bad guys, anymore. Sometimes, the bad guys wear uniforms and badges. They even let them carry guns.” The thing about stealing is that eventually , human nature is disatisfied with any level of pay. Most people just stay with petty theft. The ambitious thieves go into politics.

      • Sy says:

        Yes indeed! Just as the line in the original ‘Godfather,’ spoken by Don Corleone, so well played by Marlon Brando, stated when he heard his son Michael, played by Al Pacino, wanted to become a lawyer, instead of going into the ‘Olive Oil’ Business said. I believe the line went (paraphrased): ‘You can always steal more legally than you can illegally!’
        Despite the perhaps unnecessarily excessive violence so often displayed in this film, I believe it struck a strong note, in the minds of many Americans, that what was being so-well played out on film, by so many fully capable actors, is exactly the way it is in real life! It was, if you will, perhaps an end of childhood and naivete among many of us with eyes to see and ears to hear.
        The only way we, as mere simple ‘Occupiers of The Land,’ can ever make a real difference at this point (barring a direct intervention by God Himself, which from all evidence I’ve seen is not likely to be forthcoming) is to be in a position to, “Make them an offer they can’t refuse!” [hold the politicians feet to the fire, quite literally.] The ‘them’ here would be those currently in government & those who pull their strings! They know this all too well! That’s why they’re doing their best to disarm the nation of personal firearms!
        My advice to those ‘Right Thinking,’ good folks who do support ‘One Nation under God and the original Constitution, who already own personal firearms, is to keep them and be sure you have plenty of ammo! To those, good, decent and honest god-fearing folks who do not own firearms, my advice is, ‘do whatever is necessary to obtain them’ and as Sheriff Mack said, (with reference to any potential government officer asking him to surrender his weapons) You can have them, “From My Cold Dead Fingers.’ See:
        These unethical, immoral, greedy ‘Fat Cats,’ [most assuredly servants of the evil one] are people,’ if they can even be called that, have no sense of what is right and wrong under either The Bible or the original united States Constitution. All they’re interested in is to take what isn’t theirs from as many of us as possible & to murder as many of us as possible! This is not merely a class war, It is, non the less, a full scale war, that is being waged not in typical military fashion, but by socioeconomic and freedom limitations being forced upon us via well thought out subversive plans which, on the surface are designed to “seem to be good” for ‘We the People, but are representative of subversive deception of the highest order. Anyone who does not see this by now is blind, deaf and dumb, at least in the political sense.

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