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Case Dropped Amid Claims NYPD Officers Planted Guns on Innocent Men

January 19, 2015  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
Case Dropped Amid Claims NYPD Officers Planted Guns on Innocent Men Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson - Image courtesy of nydailynews.com

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The New York Post is reporting that the Brooklyn DA has launched an investigation into Six NYPD Brooklyn cops from the same police precinct after allegations surfaced they planted guns on innocent men after claiming to have “informants” to corroborate the charges but then never producing them in court.

The investigation was launched after charges were dropped Thursday against one of the allegedly framed suspects.

The Brooklyn DA’s office says it will review over half a dozen cases dating back to 2007 at the 67th Precinct, the precinct where the six cops accused of planting and fabricating evidence worked out of.

Jeffery Herring, 53, who is one of the men allegedly framed by the officers, was exonerated Thursday of weapons possession charges after police failed to produce their mystery confidential informant, even though a judge ordered police to have the witness appear in court.

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“Anyone arrested with a gun by this team, those cases need to be investigated, just like they’ve done with other officers whose behavior is questionable,” said Herring’s lawyer Debbie Silberman.

Prosecutors during Herring’s hearing at Brooklyn Supreme Court requested the case be dropped because of lack of evidence.

“Then, the case is dismissed and sealed,” said a not too pleased Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Dineen Riviezzo, who last month issued a court order to prosecutors to produce the informant.

A jubilant Herring was happy to not to be serving a 15 years prison sentence saying after the hearing: “I was fighting for my life, I don’t want to be in prison. I love my freedom. I have a beautiful dog to take care of.”

The Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson, who has played a key role in overturning the convictions of wrongfully accused individuals said he would investigate the details pertaining to the cops handling of the case.

“We will investigate the arrest of Mr. Herring and other arrests by these officers because of the serious questions raised by this case,” DA Ken Thompson said in a statement.

“This is an active investigation by the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau,” Deputy Chief Kim Royster, a NYPD spokeswoman, added.

Several additional men arrested in the 67th Precinct team – including NYPD Det. Gregory Jean-Baptiste – have also been cleared.

Eugene Moore who was arrested in 2012 on a weapons charge, had his case dismissed when a judge called Jean-Baptiste’s testimony “extremely evasive” and said, “The officer could scarcely recall his own name much less anything that happened with regard to an arrest,” according to court papers. In another case, Jean-Baptiste’s testimony was called “incredible” by a judge.

The detective retired in 2013 after being convicted of drunken driving and after a civil lawsuit that accused him of stealing $200 from a suspect, a police source and court papers said.

Last month Silberman told the court that she had also uncovered two additional gun arrests with the same allegations of misconduct against the 67th Precinct team – bringing the total number of allegedly tainted cases to six.

Police sources maintained the informant’s safety would be at risk of being killed. This was their reasoning for not producing informant.

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