Suffolk County DA Spota indicted in police brutality cover-up

27 October, 2017, 01:01 | Author: Katrina Soto
  • Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas J. Spota speaks at news conference in Riverhead N.Y

He became the district attorney in Suffolk County, a diverse jurisdiction that encompasses both working-class villages and wealthy enclaves like the Hamptons, in 2002 and initially earned praise for prosecuting corrupt local officials and leading a probe into the Roman Catholic Church's handling of pedophile priests.

A district attorney on Long Island, New York, announced his retirement on Thursday, one day after he was arraigned on federal charges that he helped cover up a police chief's assault on an handcuffed inmate.

Spota and McPartland were charged with four counts: witness tampering and obstruction of an official proceeding, conspiracy to tamper with witnesses and obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction of justice, and accessory after the fact to deprivation of civil rights.

The chief of the district attorney's anti-corruption bureau was also indicted. "The crimes they're charged with are rivaled only by the conduct they allegedly attempted to hide".

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As part of the bail conditions, Spota and McPartland, 51, are forbidden from speaking with each other at work unless a third person is present.

The suspect, identified only as "John Doe" in the indictment, but identified as Christopher Loeb by Newsday, was transported to the county police Fourth Precinct, where he was taken to an interview room and handcuffed to a permanent fixture inside of the room, according to the indictment. He's serving prison time for beating a man arrested for stealing items from his SUV.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Police Commissioner Timothy Sini, both Democrats, have called for the prosecutor to resign.

The U.S. Attorney's Office and the FBI initiated a federal grand jury investigation of the assault in April 2013, which led to the indictment unsealed Wednesday. Unnamed co-conspirators had warned some that if they admitted wrongdoing, their union would not pay their legal fees, prosecutors said.

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