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David Harris on U.S. D.O.J. Investigation of Suffolk County (N.Y.) Police

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September 27, 2011

Professor David Harris commented in Newsday on the U.S. Department of Justice letter sent to officials of Suffolk County, New York.  The letter reported on an extensive investigation of the police department for civil rights violations involving treatment of immigrants and other matters.  Together, the scope of the investigation, and the sheer number of recommendations aimed at changing core functions of the police department, mean that the problems cannot be addressed by just naming a new chief.  Rather, the police department appears to have deep structural problems that require significant institutional changes.



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