Former NYPD narcotics detective Stephen Anderson testified in court that it's "common practice" for cops to fabricate drug charges in order to meet their arrest quotas. Anderson himself was caught doing just that in 2009 to help another cop reach his quota, so you really gotta wonder if he actually does know what he's talking about.
According to Anderson, the practice is called "flaking," and it basically consists of a cop planting cocaine on someone, and then "finding" the drugs and arresting said person for it. "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."
When the judge asked Anderson if he'd seen the practice of "flaking" a lot at work, Andseron replied, "Yes, multiple times." And then, "It was something I was seeing a lot of, whether it was from supervisors or undercovers and even investigators."
Anderson was busted for "flaking" on four men at a Queens bar in 2009, and his arrest led to the arrest of eight other cops in the Brooklyn South and Queens narcotics squads.
[Via New York Daily News]