NEW YORK — Two New York City police officers have been charged with lying to cover up unjustified street stops and searches.
Sgt. William Eiseman and Officer Michael Carsey have been released without bail after pleading not guilty Thursday to perjury and other charges. Their lawyers say the charges were based on conflicting accounts of the incidents, and they were confident the officers' versions would prevail.
Police say they've been suspended without pay.
Manhattan prosecutors say Eiseman took the lead in fudging facts to make stops and searches seem warranted.
Prosecutors say he falsely claimed one suspect had been smoking marijuana, with Carsey echoing his claim. Eiseman is also accused of having another suspect ticketed on a bogus reckless-driving charge as a pretext for stopping him.