In a case where a detective was accused of lying about the circumstances surrounding an arrest that turned up cocaine, the prosecution and defense are clashing over whether an official misconduct charge is valid.

New York City Police Detective Said Salim was indicted for his alleged intent to deprive an individual of the benefit of the “right to be free from the unreasonable search and seizure of his person,” but his attorney argues that prosecutors are misapplying the law.

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