Federal prosecutors say two New Jersey cops stopped vehicles, detained the occupants and searched the cars without justification, sometimes also taking cash and other items.
The Paterson police officers Jonathan Bustios, 28, and Eudy Ramos, 31 are accused of conspiring to deprive people of their civil rights under color of law. ABC7 New York reported.
Jonathan Bustios is also charged with extortion under color of official right for allegedly telling a person he had just arrested that he wouldn’t charge him and would let him keep the cash he had if he helped Bustios get a gun. Prosecutors say the man ultimately agreed to the deal.
Both New Jersey cops were arrested and were due to make their initial court appearances. It wasn’t known if either man has retained an attorney.