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Cop Admits Planting Drugs on Innocent People to Meet Arrest Quotas

Hmm, maybe the reason so many people still support the war on drugs isn’t because they’re stupid jerks. Perhaps they just haven’t yet had the pleasure of getting spontaneously framed, arrested, and jailed for made-up cocaine crimes concocted by dirty drug cops.

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.

"As a detective, you still have a number to reach while you are in the narcotics division," he said.

NYPD officials did not respond to a request for comment. [NY Daily News]

What, did you think they were going to apologize? Because that would be a lot like admitting that it’s wrong to do these sorts of things. I can absolutely guarantee you that there are plenty of people in law enforcement who think that the worst thing about this whole episode is that it’s causing people to say unreasonable things about the cops.

I, on the other hand, am quite convinced that the worst thing about this mess is the part where they framed some random dudes for fake crimes. That is an act so extraordinarily corrupt, so corrosive to the concept of a free society, that it’s a wonder the politicians have yet to declare war on it.

Imagine for one second, at the risk of your head exploding, that despite the laws of economics, human nature and common sense, it somehow turned out to be the case that the vigorous enforcement of our drug laws actually led to a reduction in drug activity. Imagine that, and ask yourself what would happen if one day these quota-driven drug detectives couldn’t find enough dope dealers to drag downtown on drug charges. It chills the blood to imagine the multitude of malicious schemes that would emerge to ensure that the people whose job it is to put other people in prison are always busy doing just that.

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We are under a "government of laws", not a "government of men". But if someone can plant drugs among your belongings, and if you are then required to prove that the drugs are not yours (which you can't), then you are under a government of men, namely of those who are willing to plant evidence. Therefore the reverse onus of proof cannot be valid in any jurisdiction. So, if you are on the jury in a drug case, and if you are told that the defendant must prove that his/her possession was unwitting, it is your civic duty to put the onus of proof back where it belongs (on the prosecution), raise it to the proper standard (beyond reasonable doubt), and hand down a verdict accordingly. More:

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I forecast that by 2025, people in the land of what was the free, will be in jail or guards beating down those who are the inmates.

Unless you live your life to whatever whim the Federal Government wants you to live ( or die ) at their wish.


Imagine there are only two ways to expose a criminal act committed by a law enforcement entity. 

One way is the old reverse-snitch, cops whistleblowing on each other. 

The other is pure accident.  Something goes wrong when planting the evidence and the wrong person accidently discovers it.  FBI stings on corrupt cops fall into this category. 

And that’s it.

That is all that stands between you being convicted of drug possession when some wacked-out police officer decides for whatever inane reason to manufacture evidence.

No person on earth deserves that kind of power over others.

This is where the alleged harm of drugs is radically outweighed in the actual harm done by drug laws.  Corruption like this is only made possible by badly conceived laws.


Legitimacy of the criminal justice system

David M. Kennedy has a terrific new book, Don't Shoot, and is on a speaking tour. He will be in Washington, DC on Oct. 19 at Busboys and Poets at 5th and K Sts. NW. at 6:30 p.m. It's free.

One of his points (I am quickly and broadly paraphrasing), is that the criminal justice system has lost legitimacy with much of many minority communities because the police operate illegally. They stop and search young people illegally and without probable cause or reasonable suspicion. They bust into houses, hold everyone at gun point, shoot the pets and demolishing the home and furniture looking for drugs. If none are found, no apology. They are constantly hauling young people off to jail on trivial matters. Due to the cops, the slavish participation of prosecutors and judges, and the encouragement to take the plea from the public defender or court appointed counsel, the system has no legitimacy. Some fraction of cops have been regularly and routinely engaging in perjury regarding the circumstances of arrests and the seizure of evidence for decades. Why would it be any more "wrong" to plant evidence on someone you believe is or was guilty at one time? The tragedy is that not every cop, not even a large majority of cops, need to engage in this kind of illegal conduct to taint the motives and integrity of every cop. But are cops doing enough to police themselves? To do so in many departments violates the norms.

In the absence of legitimacy, offenders can more easily rationalize their crimes. Even more dysfunctional, the law abiding community will not cooperate, even as it hates the crime and chaos the offenders bring. If the criminal justice system can reclaim legitimacy, the community will cooperate and help force the gangs to stop the violence and other crimes. Community-oriented policing was inarticulately an effort to reclaim legitimacy.

Cops need to change how they police and how they talk if they have any hope of reclaiming legitimacy, and dramatically reducing violence in the communities in which it still rages epidemically.

What are the implications for drug policy? If drug markets can be made mostly non-violent, if they can be driven off the corners and indoors, does that mean that "prohibition" can be made to work, and much of the energy for prohibition repeal fizzles? Or, if illegal drugs are no longer so powerfully connected to the violence of drug markets, does that make repeal of prohibition seem much less threatening? Would the idea of drug legalization seem must less dangerous in many communities?

Drug reformers need to read Don't Shoot and if they want to conform their ideas about the nature of the violence in the drug markets to the reality of the violence.


I have always wondered if the police have a certain quota to meet.  Not only with "traffic violations", but with the more serious offenses.  This now answers my question.  ------------NO ONE IS SAFE!!!  --Are we able to leave our house and feel safe in the street? ----It doesn't appear that we can!!------- Before we used to be worried about "criminals" on the street, and we would choose not to go in certain areas, just so we can be safe and stay away from dangerous neighborhoods.----  Now we have to worry and be afraid of our own police???  Our police, who are supposed to be "PROTECTING" us!!-----But with cops planting evidence on innocents, we could be stopped as we are grocery shopping or walking through the parking lot or walking the dog.---  Cops planting criminal evidence on innocent people breaks my heart!!-----

These people, now, not only have an arrest record, but now have to hire an attorney and spend thousands of dollars and countless hours to defend themselves!!--

Not even mentioning the psychological effect this would have on them,  worrying about going to jail & what will happen to them & their family while they are locked up!!------The possibility of the family being unable to afford to stay in their home, foreclosure, unable to provide food for the family,  inability to provide basic necessities while the husband/wife is unjustly locked up!!---- The "damage" done to this family is far-reaching!!!  It will effect multiple family members including children!!----

And how do you even DEFEND yourself against something like this?-----This arrest record will follow this innocent person the rest of his life and will interfere with him getting a good job,etc!!-----I just can't get over this!! ---How can the police stoop so low???---------It just breaks my heart.

America incarcerates more people per capita than any other nation on Earth, even more than China, with it's huge population!!-----So many prisons have now been "PRIVATIZED."---It is A BIG BUSINESS!!----It's a BIG CORPORATION!!!-----It's A MONEY MAKING RACKET!!!----

If people don't demand some type of reform or something, this is only going to get worse, and there will be an even larger amount of innocent citizens imprisoned, all because each prisoner means "PROFIT" for the company!!---

God help us all!!

a man seek justice in the state of delaware against corruption

 I had spend 10 years in prison because police officers from the Delaware had planted illegal drugs against me while myself and another officer watch when the officer took the drugs from out of the desk drawl of the Police Station and planted it against me . Moverover I had testified to this but no one believe me. Therefore, I was sentenced to 10 years. However , little then I know 3 years after I went to prison, one of the officers got busted with drugs brining in the same exact desk drawl that I had testified to, but yet I was not notified by no one whatsoever .  In fact I ending up doing the whole 10 years. In addition it must be noted that i had written numerous letters and motions to the Court, DA and my stupid ass lawyer proven my innocent and this was all done way before and after the one officer got busted.  To make a long story short, not only can I prove 100 % that the Counsel's for the defense was ineffective, State Prosecutor had used illegal tactics in order to obtained an unjust conviction against me , and that illegal drugs and falsified documentations ( such as the Police Report, Search Warrant Application and Affidavit, Search Warrant, Search Warrant Return, and the Affidavit ) were planted against me by corrupt police officers, but also can prove 100 % without a reasonable doubt that the (3) Superior Court's judges that are involved in my case are just as corrupt as the Police officers, Magistrate's office, the Police Defender Office and DA are .  Today I have a bigger motion that would bring all of them down100%.                YOURS TRULY;  BF Ps. for any questing call at anytime at : (302) 362- 7476                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

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