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Following Criticism, Suffolk County Establishes Police Reform Task Force

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone
Charles Lane
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WSHU Public Radio
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone

After weeks of criticism for not addressing police reform, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone has formed a task force to “develop a comprehensive policing plan.” 

The NAACP of Suffolk along with other groups have been criticizing Bellone for not following through on a state order to create a police reform plan.

Following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, New York Governor Cuomo ordered local police departments to present a plan that addresses several reforms. Activists say Suffolk County has done nothing.

Now, Bellone has formed a large task force to come up with this plan. Nassau announced a similar task force last week.

Bellone’s announcement was careful in it’s praise of Suffolk’s police department. The police union has been profusive in it’s praise of Bellone, a Democrat. Meanwhile, the police union has endorsed Republican Donald Trump and criticized police accountability protests around the country