A Brooklyn federal judge declared that NYPD officers regularly fabricate criminal charges and lie under oath — and the city condones it. Judge Jack Weinstein said "there is some evidence of an attitude among officers that is sufficiently widespread to constitute a custom or policy by the city approving illegal conduct."

The comments stem from the case of brothers Maximo and Jose Colon, who were busted last year on false charges of selling drugs by Queens narcs purportedly attempting to meet arrest quotas. Surveillance footage later lead to the exoneration of the brothers and the indictment of two detectives. "Informal inquiry by [myself] and among the judges of this court, as well as knowledge of cases in other federal and state courts ... has revealed anecdotal evidence of repeated, widespread falsification by arresting officers of the New York City Police Department," Weinstein said.

Adding injury to insult, Weinstein's harsh words were part of a four-page appraisal in which the federal judge refused to throw out a $10-million lawsuit filed by the brothers against the city, the Daily News reports.