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Judge denies bid to end suburban NYC chief’s suspension

September 7, 2016

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A federal judge has denied a request to lift the suspension of a suburban New York City police chief who oversaw an intelligence unit that prosecutors say engaged in unlawful surveillance practices, including racial profiling.

Clarkstown Police Chief Michael Sullivan had been suspended in July for alleged misconduct.

WNBC-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2c6vRJE ) the judge on Tuesday denied Sullivan’s emergency motion to end his suspension.

A special prosecutor hired by the town board says that a special police unit overseen by Sullivan illegally profiled and investigated two black community groups and some elected officials.

Sullivan denies the allegations.

Prosecutors said Tuesday a forensic investigation is underway to examine alleged computer tampering by the former head of the police unit, Stephen Cole-Hatcher. Cole-Hatcher retired following his suspension last week. He denies any wrongdoing.

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Information from: WNBC-TV, http://www.nbcnewyork.com

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