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19. New York Police Plant Drugs on Innocent People to Meet Arrest Quotas

A host of stories document how the New York Police Department operates outside the very laws it is charged with enforcing. In October 2011, a former NYPD narcotics detective testified that he regularly saw police plant drugs on innocent people as a way to meet arrest quotas. The NYPD’s controversial “stop and frisk” program has invested seventy-five million dollars to arrest suspects for possessing minimal amounts of marijuana. Each arrest costs approximately $1,000 to $2,000. Although NYPD use of unlawful restraints and disproportionate force to arrest peaceful Occupy protesters has received some news coverage, police brutality directed against people of color continues to go underreported.

Censored News Cluster: The Police State and Civil Liberties

John Del Signore, “NYPD Narcotics Detective Admits Cops Regularly Plant Drugs on Perps,” Gothamist, October 13, 2011, http://gothamist.com/2011/10/13/nypd_narcotics_detective_testifies.php.

Jesse Levine, “New York City Wasting $75 Million a Year on Marijuana Arrests,” AlterNet, March 15, 2011, http://www.alternet.org/story/150263/new_york_city_wasting_$75_million_a_year_on_marijuana_arrests

http://www.mediafreedominternational.org/2011/11/21/new-york-police-plant-drugs-on-innocent-people-to-meet-arrest-quotas/

http://www.mediafreedominternational.org/2011/04/04/new-york-city-wasting-75-million-a-year-on-marijuana-arrests/

Student Researcher: Cary Escovedo (Sonoma State University)

Faculty Evaluator: Sheila Katz (Sonoma State University)

  • t-t May 13, 2013

    just like when in the 80’s, the CIA planted crack in black neighborhoods to destroy their communities, and have largely done it. then they incarcerate blacks and give them longer and harsher sentences for crack, while people (mostly well-off whites) who get caught w/ cocaine (a more refined version of crack) always get lighter sentences….

  • t-t May 13, 2013

    just like when in the 80’s, the CIA planted crack in black neighborhoods to destroy their communities, and have largely done it. then they incarcerate blacks and give them longer and harsher sentences for crack, while people (mostly well-off whites) who get caught w/ cocaine (a more refined version of crack) always get lighter sentences….

  • jbanana July 25, 2013

    Just like the Rampart scandal in Los Angeles

  • BARBBF August 13, 2013

    Am sending this article to Morning Joe and The Five..which had panel members on their shows bemoaning the Judge’s ruling on the NY “Stop and Frisk” law. Bob Bechel did mention that the Stop and Frisk promoted a situation where the police are able to plant evidence..and all the other panel members acted as if this was an impossibility.

  • Robert January 3, 2014

    I tried to warn them about stop and frisk.

  • Andrzej Jęziorski April 9, 2014

    see #2.2. The.Most.Important.Knowledge.You.would.Ever.Read.Implement.and.Live.up.to.Forever

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