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Following Criticism, Suffolk County Establishes Police Reform Task Force

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone
Charles Lane
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

Charles is senior reporter focusing on special projects. He has won numerous awards including an IRE award, three SPJ Public Service Awards, and a National Murrow. He was also a finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists and Third Coast Director’s Choice Award.