New York police officer arrested after falsely accusing man of selling alcohol to kids

Ismael Duran 
By: Shifra Unger 

(Scroll down for video) A New York Police officer was arrested after falsely arresting a man for selling alcohol to a minor, according to reports.

The auxiliary police officer was arrested on Tuesday, for falsely accusing a Brooklyn store worker of selling alcohol during a sting operation last spring, authorities said.

Police arrested Anthony Harriott, 18. He was charged with two counts of felony and misdemeanor official misconduct on Tuesday night, the district attorney's office in Brooklyn said.

Ismael Duran, a store worker from Brownsville, pleaded guilty in April to selling Smirnoff Ice to Harriott even though security cameras revealed that the Dominican immigrant and father of three had requested identification and refused to sell him alcohol.

After the refusal, Harriott gave money to an older man outside the store to buy alcohol. But police caught Duran, who copped to the crime in order to avoid spending time behind bars.

"They set a trap for me," Duran said during his shift at the Mini Mart on Tuesday. "I have nothing against the police, but there are some who make mistakes," he said.

Two additional police officers are under investigation in the fake bust, police sources said.

"It is clear that Mr. Duran was framed," Fernando Mateo, spokesman for the Association of America, said in a press conference on Tuesday.

"These guys are out of control," Mateo said.