New York Police Detective Is Accused of Perjury
By THE NEW YORK TIMES
A narcotics detective with the New York Police Department was arrested on Tuesday and accused of changing his testimony about a drug arrest, causing the case to be dismissed.
The detective, Abel Joseph, 39, of the Bronx, pleaded not guilty to two felony perjury counts at his arraignment in State Supreme Court in Manhattan. He was suspended from the department for 30 days without pay.
Officials said that after Mr. Joseph arrested a man in East Harlem in 2010 and accused him of selling phencyclidine, commonly known as PCP, he told a grand jury that he had searched for the people who had bought the drugs but could not find them. But at a pretrial hearing in 2011, he gave a different account: He had stopped the buyers, but they did not have any PCP on them.
Mr. Joseph also initially said that he had never lost sight of the seller, but at the hearing in 2011, he said that he did lose sight of the seller before the arrest, officials said. The case against the suspect was dismissed because of the conflicting testimony.
Mr. Joseph’s lawyer, James Moschella, said his client was a police officer for 11 years and had helped build many drug cases, The Associated Press reported.