A NYPD officer was convicted Thursday of lying under oath and falsifying information while applying for a search warrant, NBC New York reports.
Michael Carsey's conviction is the second in a year stemming from a 2007 incident, in which he and his supervisor, William Eiseman, unlawfully stopped and detained a man at 3333 Broadway in Harlem. Eiseman plead guilty in June to conducting unlawful searches and lying to a judge, lost his job, and later accepted a deal that had him serve weekend jail time for three months and five years probation.
The incident in question, according to The New York Times:
Mr. Eiseman, 39, and Officer Carsey, prosecutors said, said they had smelled marijuana coming from an illegally parked van. In seeking a search warrant for the driver’s home, both testified that the man had admitted to having contraband in his apartment, where drugs and a gun were later found. But the two had actually learned of the contraband when they found pictures on the man’s phone, prosecutors said. The case against the driver was eventually dismissed.
And during a hearing to suppress the evidence against Melville found during the illegal stop, Carsey lied under oath again.
Carsey, who was acquitted of other charges last fall, is now convicted of two counts of perjury and one count of filing false information after lying to a judge in order to get the search warrant. He faces sentencing on May 3rd and could face up to seven years in prison.
"Police officers take an oath to protect and serve, and have a responsibility to uphold the highest standards of their profession," District Attorney Cyrus Vance said in a statement. "Failure to do so risks damaging the reputation of their peers and violating the public’s trust."
News of Carsey's conviction comes one day after a NYPD report confirmed that cops issued illegal quotas and underreported crimes in order to manipulate statistics
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