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NYPD officer indicted for falsifying records

NEW YORK – A New York City Police Department officer was indicted for allegedly falsifying paperwork to conceal his involvement in the unlawful search and arrest of a Manhattan man last year. Isaias Alicea, 28, of Queens, is charged in New York State Supreme Court with ten counts of offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree and two counts of official misconduct.

“We rightfully trust our police officers to report their activities truthfully. Those who do not erode the public’s trust in law enforcement,” said Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr.. “To falsely accuse anyone of a drug sale is not only unacceptable, it is a crime.”

According to documents filed in court and statements made on the record in court, Alicea joined the NYPD in 2006. On February 19, 2012, Alicea stopped two men in the lobby of 545 West 126th Street, a residential building that is part of the Manhattanville Houses. The defendant arrested both of the men, and when questioned by supervisors and an Assistant District Attorney about the stop, claimed that he observed the two men engaging in a drug transaction inside the West Harlem public housing development. The defendant also filed false paperwork describing the arrest.

Contrary to those statements, surveillance video revealed that no illegal exchange had occurred, and the men never came in contact with each other inside the lobby. Alicea also searched the mailbox of one of the men, who was a tenant in the building, without authorization. Because of Alicea’s conduct, the drug sale case was dismissed.   

At the time of the incident, Alicea was assigned to PSA 6 in northern Manhattan. Officers assigned to PSA 6, which is part of the NYPD’s Housing Bureau, are responsible for patrolling public housing complexes and providing for the safety of building employees, residents, and their guests.