Crooked Cop Michael Carsey Convicted Of Lying To Get Search Warrant
It sure is disappointing when the people we trust to keep us safe from the dregs of society turn out to be the dregs of society.
Enter New York City police officer/convicted crooked cop Michael Carsey, 31, who was convicted this afternoon of lying under oath in order to get a search warrant for the apartment of Antoine Melville, a drug suspect Carsey and his supervisor, former boy in blue Michael Eiseman, detained illegally during a 2007 stop in Manhattan.
In all, Carsey was convicted of two counts of perjury and one count of offering a false instrument for filing after lying to a judge to obtain a search warrant -- and cover the asses of him and his supervisor for the bogus stop.
"Police officers take an oath to protect and serve, and have a responsibility to uphold the highest standards of their profession," Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance says in a statement. "Failure to do so risks damaging the reputation of their peers and violating the public's trust."
The illegal stop happened on August 20, 2007, when Eiseman and Carsey -- who was fresh out of the Police Academy at the time, and assigned to the NYPD's Impact Response Team, which patrols particularly bad neighborhoods -- stopped Melville at 3333 Broadway. Following the stop, Carsey testified during a search warrant application hearing that Melville admitted that he had drugs in his apartment, which led a judge to issue a search warrant for the place.
The only problem is Melville never said he had anything illegal in his apartment -- the officers made it up so they could get a warrant, which ultimately turned up nothing illegal.
But it didn't end there.
About a year later, during a hearing to suppress evidence the officers found on Melville during the illegal stop, Carsey -- also under oath -- lied again.
Because Carsey and Eiseman lied, the case against Melville was dismissed.
Eiseman, a former sergeant, pleaded guilty in June to one count of perjury and three counts of official misconduct for several bogus stops that took place between August 2007 and the summer of 2008, where he would unlawfully stop and detain civilians, and then direct subordinates to falsify paperwork to justify the stops.
He was sentenced to three months in jail and five years probation.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you'll never miss Village Voice's biggest stories.