Two Suffolk Police Officers Suspended After Kicking Handcuffed Suspect

Mar 3, 2021

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.