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Two NYPD cops accused of making up fake drug charges that left innocent man jailed for weeks

January 24, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Two NYPD cops accused of making up fake drug charges that left innocent man jailed for weeks

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Two NYPD detectives accused of making up fake drug charges that left innocent man jailed for weeks

A jury in Queens, New York has found two NYPD detectives, guilty of sending an innocent man to Rikers Island for six weeks on a bogus drug dealing charge.

The jury convicted the two officers, Kevin Desormeau and his partner, Sasha Neve of concocting a narrative about witnessing a drug deal between 48-year-old Roosevelt McCoy and two women on a street corner in 2014.

In sworn testimony, Detective Desormeau claimed to have intercepted McCoy after the transactions and arrested him on the sidewalk, the New York Times reported.

The panel found both officers guilty after both sides gave closing arguments in the controversial arrest of McCoy.

“McCoy was deprived of freedom and civil liberties,” Assistant District Attorney Christine Olivieri said. “They don’t get to make up information because he’s a criminal.”

Desormeau was charged with lying under oath on two occasions regarding the 2014 arrest of McCoy, who has already been awarded a $500,000 settlement after he sued the city, Desormeau, and Neve.

Neve was charged with official misconduct for filing false documents that supported the bogus story.

The charges were dismissed only after security footage, located by the suspect’s family member, showed McCoy playing pool at the time he was reportedly selling drugs.

Defense lawyer John Arlia said that the tape was “a bold statement” before he asked the jury, “How do we know this wasn’t doctored?”

Desormeau and Neve, still face related charges in a separate gun case to providing false statements in Manhattan.

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