‘Karma is a b---h’: Brooklyn man locked up by narcotics cop accused of perjury hopes the officer goes to jail

Noah Goldberg, New York Daily News
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One of the 90 people who had their drug convictions overturned this week because of the work of a narcotics cop accused of perjury says the officer should go to jail for framing people.

Raliek Skinner, 35, said NYPD detective Joseph Franco concocted a drug sale allegation against him at a bodega in Gowanus in 2010.

Franco, 48, was arrested in 2019 in Manhattan on charges of framing people in drug sale and drug possession cases. He was fired from the NYPD after an internal trial.

“I don’t even want to look at him,” Skinner said, adding that he hopes Franco goes to prison for his alleged crimes. “Everything comes to light. Karma is a b---h.”

Skinner remembers the day in 2010 that he was arrested in a Gowanus bodega. He says it’s the last time he went to jail.

“They took me right out of the corner store. I was in the store with my aunt. He capped me and said, ‘What’s your name?’ I asked him, “What’s your name?’ He backed out a photo and said, ‘That’s him,’ and threw me in the car.”

Skinner, who now lives in New Jersey and works for a beer distributor, ended up pleading guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree and was hit with 40 days in jail, according to a law enforcement source. The case was among those tossed by a judge Wednesday.

Franco claimed that Skinner approached him at the store on the corner of Bond and Warren Streets and asked him what he needed, then handed the undercover six twists of crack for $60, the law enforcement source said.

“Yeah, right,” Skinner said, laughing when he heard what he was accused of 11 years ago. “What type of corrupt s—t is that? That is funny. Of course he made it up.”

He claims that Franco’s story doesn’t line up with what he was accused of at the time. Skinner said the cop told him that they were arresting him for two sales in August 2010.

Franco, a Brooklyn narcotics detective from 2004 to 2011, was known in the neighborhood by the nickname “Mean Guy,” Skinner said.

“When you [are] in the neighborhood some cops let it be known who they are,” Skinner said. “He was a regular.”

Despite his brief stint in the slam, Skinner said it’s good to be out and have his conviction sealed and thrown out.

“It feels great. No touch with police ever since, and that was 11 years ago,” he said.