The Latest: Prosecutors Say Ex-Chief Threatened to Kill

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Former Suffolk County Police Chief James Burke Faces Federal Civil Rights Charges.

James Burke, the former police chief of Suffolk County, on Long Island, was arrested on Wednesday on charges of civil rights violations and obstructing a civil rights investigation, according to an indictment that was unsealed in federal court.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. A letter from federal prosecutors alleges former Suffolk County Police Chief James Burke threatened suspect Christopher Loeb inside a precinct interrogation room following his 2012 arrest for stealing a duffel bag from Burke’s department-issued vehicle.

He faces a two-count indictment for allegedly beating a prisoner in December 2012, violating his civil rights and then lying and asking others to lie on his behalf to cover it up, CBS2’s Janelle Burrell reported. “When caught at a crossroads between right and wrong, Burke took a shortcut on the path to justice,” said Diego Rodriguez of the FBI’s New York field office. 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.

The former chief of one of the country’s largest local law enforcement agencies is being held without bail on charges he assaulted a suspect who had broken into his SUV. 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. Loeb’s attorney, Amy Marion, issued a statement saying, “We are gratified that this long overdue prosecution has begun and we look forward to seeing that justice is done.

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