DA Vance: NYPD Officer Charged With Assaulting 19-Year-Old, Falsifying Documents Related to 2017 Arrest


August 29, 2018

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the indictment of New York City Police Officer ELIJAH SALADEEN, 48, 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. SALADEEN is charged in a New York State Supreme Court indictment with four counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing, one count of Assault in the Third Degree, one count of Making a Punishable False Written Statement, and one count of Attempted Assault in the Third Degree. [1]

“This defendant is charged with flagrantly abusing his position as an officer of the law when he beat and dragged a young man and then lied about the attack to his superiors, to prosecutors, and in official charging documents,” said District Attorney Vance. “The alleged conduct does not only violate the oath he took to protect and to serve; it also weakens the public trust in law enforcement. My office’s Public Corruption Unit remains committed to restoring trust by holding public officials – including those in law enforcement – accountable for their misconduct.”

According to court documents and statements made on the record in court, on February 24, 2017, SALADEEN – a 19-year veteran of the NYPD – punched the victim in the face and head inside of an apartment building on West 17th Street while responding to a call regarding possible trespassing. Later, while the defendant and other officers waited for an ambulance to take the victim to the hospital, SALADEEN dragged the victim to the rear of the building and punched him again in the ribs and abdomen. SALADEEN then made false statements about the incident and the nature of the victim’s injuries to his supervisors and to prosecutors, which were subsequently incorporated into NYPD reports, a sworn Criminal Court complaint, and other official charging documents.

Assistant D.A.s Philip Gary and Stephanie Minogue are handling 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. Senior Rackets Investigators Edward Johnson and Christo Christonikos and Investigative Analyst Amanda Rutherford assisted with the investigation.

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

[1] The charges contained in the indictment are merely allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. All factual recitations are derived from documents filed in court and statements made on the record in court.

 

Defendant Information:

ELIJAH SALADEEN, D.O.B. 6/30/1970

Bronx, NY

Charged:

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