D.A. Vance: Former NYPD Officer Convicted of Assault, Falsifying Documents Related to Violent 2017 Arrest

October 17, 2019

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the trial conviction of former New York City Police Officer ELIJAH SALADEEN, 49, for assaulting a 19-year-old man and then making false statements about the incident to his supervisors and to prosecutors, as well as in official charging documents. A New York State Supreme Court judge found the defendant guilty of three counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing, one count of Assault in the Third Degree, and one count of Attempted Assault in the Third Degree. SALADEEN is expected to be sentenced on November 12, 2019.

“This 19-year veteran of the NYPD assaulted a young man, and then lied about it,” said District Attorney Vance. “His criminal misconduct caused extensive injuries to his victim and damage to all in law enforcement who are working to strengthen our relationships with the communities we are sworn to protect. I would like to thank my office’s Public Corruption Unit for ensuring a just outcome in this case, and for the work they do every day to restore the public trust.”

Assistant D.A.s Stephanie Minogue and Michael Mulanaphy handled the prosecution of this case under the supervision of Assistant D.A.s Julio Cuevas, Deputy Chief of the Public Corruption Unit, and Luke Rettler, Chief of the Public Corruption Unit, as well as Executive Assistant D.A. Michael Sachs, Chief of the Investigation Division. Assistant D.A. Philip Gary, Paralegal Kate Daly, Senior Rackets Investigators Edward Johnson and Christo Christonikos, and former Investigative Analyst Amanda Rutherford provided valuable assistance with the case.

District Attorney Vance thanked the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau for its assistance with the investigation.


Defendant Information:


Bronx, NY


  • Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, a class E felony, three counts
  • Assault in the Third Degree, a class A misdemeanor, one count
  • Attempted Assault in the Third Degree, a class B misdemeanor, one count