The Latest: Prosecutors Say Ex-Chief Threatened to Kill

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Former NY police chief accused of covering up beating.

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — The former chief of one of the country’s largest local law enforcement agencies was arrested Wednesday on charges he took revenge against a man who broke into his SUV by beating the suspect and then coercing officers to lie about what happened.Prosecutors say a former New York police chief arrested on federal charges of kicking and punching a man suspected of breaking into the officer’s SUV also threatened to kill the man with a lethal dose of heroin. Former Suffolk County Police Chief James Burke was arrested by federal agents at his Long Island home on charges of violating the man’s rights by assaulting him and of conspiring to cover it up.

Burke, who resigned two months ago amid the federal investigation, had been robbed of his gun belt, several magazines of ammunition, a humidor and box of cigars, clothing and a bag of toiletries, according to the government. Christopher Loeb, 29, claims Burke beat him after he was arrested for stealing a duffel bag containing a gun belt and ammunition from Burke’s unmarked police SUV, which was parked in front of the chief’s house. Loeb, who has filed a civil rights lawsuit against Burke and the department, said he was assaulted initially at his home by officers and subsequently at the precinct, where he said he was beaten by Burke and other officers. Loeb’s attorney, Amy Marion, said in a statement that her client will continue to cooperate with investigators. “We are gratified that this long overdue prosecution has begun and we look forward to seeing that justice is done,” she said. As for Loeb’s allegations, “they’re a fabrication of a two-time felon, admitted heroin dealer,” Conway told reporters, including 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera.

It has responsibility for patrolling much of eastern Long Island, although the Hamptons and several other towns also have local police departments that patrol those areas.

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