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Two Suffolk Police Officers Suspended After Kicking Handcuffed Suspect

John Bazemore
Associated Press

Two Suffolk County police officers were suspended without pay Tuesday night after body camera footage captured them kicking a handcuffed suspect multiple times.

Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart said four other officers stood by and watched, including a supervisor.

“The actions of these two officers are concerning and what is equally unacceptable is the number of officers who did not intervene which is a direct violation of our rules and procedures,” Hart said.

Hart said the four officers who did not stop the beating have been placed on modified duty.

Suffolk County has a small body camera pilot program on just a few officers.

The county has been exploring the possibility of expanding that program under a state-mandated police reform process.

County Executive Steve Bellone said the forthcoming reform plan will include expanded body cameras.

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.