Bellone says allegation cops assaulted woman after Dix Hills shooting was ‘false’
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone on Friday said the preliminary results of an internal affairs investigation into an allegation that police assaulted a woman who was attempting to assist a shooting victim at a Dix Hills graduation party was found to be “false” based on fire department dashboard camera video.
“The fact is that the evidence gathered in this investigation reveals that the allegation that officers physically assaulted this individual for no reason is false,” said Bellone, speaking at a news conference at Suffolk government headquarters in Hauppauge. “The evidence, in fact, indicated these officers acted in the best interests of this victim.”
Cindy M. O’Pharrow, president of Cops N’ Kids Long Island — a police-youth mentoring program — last week filed a notice of claim against the county and the police department, alleging she injured her arm when she was forcibly removed by police from the rear of an ambulance on June 27.
O’Pharrow had also alleged police swore at her, refused to provide their names and shined their flashlights into her cell phone camera as she attempted to take photo and video of officers at the scene. Those allegations were not addressed Friday and remain under investigation.
DAWG SAYS: TYPICALLY, THEY RELEASE THE VIDEO RIGHT AWAY WHEN THEY ARE RIGHT BUT HAVE NOT YET.