NYPD Investigating Incident, Officers Placed On Modified DutyNEW YORK (CBS) ― Undercover police officers who arrested four men on drug charges are under investigation after surveillance video proved the men they arrested committed no crime.
Drug charges against brothers Jose Colon and Maximo Colon, along with two of their friends have been dropped.
The undercover NYPD officers are seen on video dancing in the street, then attempting to frame four innocent men.
"I asked police officer why are you arresting me," said Maximo Colon. "Never did I get an answer."
The investigators swore under oath they bought drugs from the four men. Jose and Maximo colon say that didn't happen.
"The cops are supposed to help us," said a shaken Jose Colon.
Defense lawyers say the surveillance cameras proved their clients were framed.
"It was nauseating," said defense lawyer Rochelle Berliner.
Two hours of video showed no contact at all between the four men arrested and undercover officers - proof that lead prosecutors to drop charges against the four men, and even declare in court the men did not commit the crime.
Defense lawyers say it's disturbing but not uncommon.
"As defense attorneys you know it exists more often than government wants you to believe," said Brad Wolk.
In the 6 months it took to clear the Colon brothers names, they lost their business and their savings.
As a result of his ordeal, Maximo Colon has lost trust in police officers.
The two men are now involved in a civil suit against the city and hope to one day rebuild their lives.
The NYPD is investigating the officers involved in this incident. Two of the officers are reportedly on modified duty.
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