NYPD Admits to Planting Drugs

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A New York City police officer escorts Columbia University student Harrison David, center, from the 25th Precinct in Manhattan after he and four other students were arrested on Tuesday Dec. 7, 2010,

A former New York City detective admitted in court that it was common practice to plant drugs on innocent people in order to meet arrest quotas. Stephen Anderson, one of eight cops arrested in the scandal, admitted he planted cocaine on four men in a Queens bar in 2008 in order to help his co-worker improve his arrest numbers. "It was something I was seeing a lot of, whether it was from supervisors or undercovers and even investigators," said Anderson. The city paid $300,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by two men falsely arrested by Anderson and his partner.