Three police officers have been arraigned on charges that they beat a taxi driver near a Brooklyn mosque.
James Feola, Gregory Hepp and Francis Sanzone pleaded innocent to charges of second-degree assault during an appearance Friday in State Supreme Court in Brooklyn.
Hepp and Feola also face perjury charges for allegedly making false sworn statements accusing the driver of assaulting them.
"First they beat him and kicked him, and then they hit him with lies," said Assistant District Attorney Charles Guria.
If convicted of assault, each of the officers could face seven years in prison.
The alleged beating occurred March 8 outside a mosque on Fulton Street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section, after the officers gave Boris Nkari, 31, a $115 ticket for double parking, authorities said.