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Attorney: Cops In The Bronx Arrested Innocent People To Make Quotas

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- An attorney on Tuesday claimed some NYPD detectives in the Bronx lied and arrested innocent people over a period of several years, in an effort to meet quotas.

As 1010 WINS' Stan Brooks reported. Peter Tilem, a former New York City prosecutor, called it "testi-lying," charging that rogue narcotics detectives in the Bronx were arresting innocent people on drug charges and testifying against them in court during a 10-year period starting in the mid-1990s.

Attorney: Cops In The Bronx Arrested Innocent People To Make Quotas

Tilem, who is now in private practice, has demanded a full-scale investigation.

"We're asking for the Police Department and District Attorneys to help in identifying any people who were arrested falsely and may or may not be sitting in jail," he said.

One former officer, Genaro Morales, testified that he knew of officers who lied under oath in the Bronx narcotics unit when he was there between the mid-1990s and 2006, according to a New York Post report. Morales claimed that detectives were under severe pressure to meet quotas, and talked about one specific incident where he claimed police locked up a man who had done nothing wrong, the newspaper reported.

Both the NYPD and the Bronx District Attorney's Office refused to comment on the charges.

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