They’re South Brooklyn and Queens’ narcotics squads—they stop, they frisk, they drop a little baggy of coke in your pocket when they find none. Former narcotics detective Stephen Anderson testified before the Brooklyn Supreme Court last week to a common practice known as “flaking”—planting cocaine on innocent people to boost “buy and bust” numbers, the Daily News reports.
Anderson was arrested in 2008 when surveillance footage caught him “flaking” four men in a Queens bar. After settling on a plea bargain with prosecutors, Anderson told Justice Gustin Reichbach that he was just trying to help a buddy out.
You see, Henry Tavarez, a fellow cop, wasn’t exactly making the buy and bust quotas that supervisors demanded (which apparently don’t exist, according to city lawyers). “Tavarez was… was worried about getting sent back [to patrol] and, you know, the supervisors getting on his case,” Anderson told the court.
“It was something I was seeing a lot of,” he said, “whether it was from supervisors or undercovers and even investigators.”
To date, more than 300 drug bust have been tossed out and the city has doled out more than $1.2 million to settle the false arrests. Two brothers that were victimized by Anderson were given $300,000.