New York City detective, Jason Arbeeny, was convicted on Tuesday for planting crack cocaine on two innocent people in 2007, according to the New York Times. Apparently this is the first arrest in a widespread corruption case against the NYPD.
Before the verdict was announced, Justice Reichbach scolded scolded the department for what he described as a widespread culture of corruption endemic in its drug units.
“I thought I was not naïve,” he said. “But even this court was shocked, not only by the seeming pervasive scope of misconduct but even more distressingly by the seeming casualness by which such conduct is employed.”
According to the Times, “the case against Detective Arbeeny was rooted in a far larger tale of corruption in Police Department drug units: several narcotics officers in Brooklyn have been caught mishandling drugs they seized as evidence, and hundreds of potentially tainted drug cases have been dismissed. The city has made payments to settle civil suits over wrongful incarcerations.”
This is far from a surprise since the NYPD has been on a roll this year with stories of officers running guns, pepper spaying protestors, fixing tickets and providing information to drug dealers, rape and arresting Black politicians at parades.