All Sgt. William Eiseman wanted to do was clean up some of the scum off these dirty streets. So he bent the rules a little bit to get collars, and sometimes searched perps' cars "illegally," or embellished a little bit to get some ball-breaking judge to sign off on a search warrant. Point is, he got the job done... if by "job" you mean forcing the DA to repeatedly drop the charges because of shady police work. And now, for his trouble, Eiseman, a 13-year NYPD veteran, has been indicted on charges of perjury and falsifying paperwork. Your gun and your badge, Eiseman.
Yesterday Eiseman and a subordinate, Officer Michael Carsey, were indicted by the Manhattan DA on numerous counts of perjury and offering a false instrument for filing. In 2007, Eiseman was promoted to sergeant and put in a "mentoring" role in the Impact Response Team (“IRT”), which is comprised of mostly rookie cops and is responsible for the bulk of the 50,000-plus "stop and frisks" that take place in high crime neighborhoods every year.
The indictment lays out four instances of misconduct in which Eiseman was allegedly involved (Carsey was only allegedly involved in one). These include unlawfully searching a van and getting a search warrant for the driver’s home, after falsely claiming that the driver told them he had drugs and weapons in his home. They did find drugs and a gun, but the DA says they only learned of the drugs when they found pictures on the man’s phone. That case was dismissed because the DA said the phone was illegally searched. Sad trombone, Sarge!
Another time, the DA says Eiseman illegally searched a drugs suspect's car in Inwood, recovering cocaine, and then allegedly told other cops to say the drugs were found during a precinct search. That case was also dismissed. The officers face up to 12 years in prison on the various charges, but we're going to go out on a limb here and bet they won't do any time at all.