Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone knew when he took office last year that he'd have to deal with a U.S. Justice Department investigation into allegations of discriminatory policing against Latinos in the county.
"What was going on in the past, with rhetoric and policies, was harmful," Bellone said in an interview Wednesday, referring to the international attention and Justice Department investigation following the 2008 stabbing death of Marcelo Lucero, an Ecuadorean immigrant.
"Having people around the country looking at Suffolk County and thinking this was a place of intolerance was harmful to our county," Bellone said. "I knew I had to end this."
Bellone had made reform of the police department an issue during his campaign for office in 2011.... read more »