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Falsely Accused NY Brothers Reach Settlement

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Two hours of surveillance video showed no contact between undercover NYPD officers and the four men they had arrested on drug charges. (credit: CBS 2)

Two hours of surveillance video showed no contact between undercover NYPD officers and the four men they had arrested on drug charges. (credit: CBS 2)

NEW YORK (AP) - Two brothers who were falsely accused of selling drugs to undercover police have reached a settlement with New York City.

Jose and Maximo Colon were charged with selling two bags of cocaine worth $100 in January 2008. But a video from nightclub security cameras in Queens backed up the brothers’ accounts that they did nothing wrong. The charges were dropped months later.

The Daily News said city lawyers filed a notice of the settlement. The notice did not disclose the amount.

Prosecutors brought charges against two undercover officers. One pleaded guilty to filling out an affidavit describing a drug deal that never happened.

The other pleaded not guilty and his case was pending.

Both have resigned from the force.

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