Suffolk County Police

"Latinos not protected by police"
6:08 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Rights group alleges Suffolk still fails Latinos

The family of Marcelo Lucero surrounded by reporters. Lucero was stabbed to death in 2008 in what prosecutors say was a string of similar hate attacks.
Credit AP/Craig Ruttle

Latino rights advocates are accusing the Suffolk County Police Department of mishandling an investigation into the death of a migrant laborer. While critics stop short of alleging a cover up, they are calling on the federal government to take over the investigation.

The complaint dates back to a 2010 attack against two migrant workers from Mastic. The men went on a drinking binge and, at some point, were viciously attacked by multiple people, who beat and sodomized them.

One of the victims survived. The other did not.

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Unions oppose bill saying it wasn't fully vetted
4:40 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Bill to professionalize Suffolk PD called 'flawed'

Robert Trotta (R-Smithtown) wants Suffolk cops to have same requirements as police in region
Credit Charles Lane

A bill coming before the Suffolk County legislature would require county police, among other things, to get a college degree if they want a promotion above the rank of captain. But the bill will likely hit stiff resistance from police unions.  

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"It's really just been a dramatic success"
4:42 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

OD antidote given to all NY cops

Suffolk police say 184 drug users have been revived since they started carrying naloxone
Credit AP Photo/Charles Krupa

Police all across New York state will be supplied with the drug widely seen as an antidote to heroin and painkiller overdoses. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman created the program and funded it with $5 million in money seized from criminal investigations.   

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Second federal lawsuit pending
10:00 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Imprisoned 17 years, Tankleff wins $3M settlement

Martin Tankleff smiles during a 2008 press conference
Credit AP

A man who spent 17 years wrongfully imprisoned for murdering his own parents has won a $3.3 million dollar settlement against the State of New York.  This is the first of two lawsuits filed by Martin Tankleff.  

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Gun spike still a problem
5:48 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Suffolk Police call 2013 safest year ever

Suffolk Police investigate a string of murders near Gilgo Beach
Credit AP

Suffolk County Police say that 2013 was the safest year ever since the department was formed in 1960.  Between 2012 and 2013 there was a 10% drop in overall crime.  However, firearm activity spiked.  

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