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Dept. Of Justice Turns Up Heat On Suffolk PD Over Hate Crimes Against Latinos

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Jeffrey Conroy, 19, seen to the left, was convicted of manslaughter as a hate crim on Monday, April 19, 2010. His victim, Marcelo Lucero, to the right, was an Ecuadorean Immigrant living in Patchogue. (credit: 1010 WINS)

Jeffrey Conroy, 19, seen to the left, was convicted of manslaughter as a hate crim on Monday, April 19, 2010. His victim, Marcelo Lucero, to the right, was an Ecuadorean Immigrant living in Patchogue. (credit: 1010 WINS)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — After a two-year investigation, the Justice Department is urging the Suffolk County Police Department to change procedures for hate crime investigations involving Latinos. The feds cite the case of Marcelo Lucero.

1010 WINS’ Al Jones reports: Dept. Of Justice Turns Up Heat

The Ecuadorean immigrant was beaten and stabbed to death in November 2008 in Patchogue in a racially-motivated hate crime.

Seven teenagers were arrested. His killer, Jeffrey Conroy, was convicted of manslaughter.

The feds want better hate crime reporting and improved tracking of complaints against police. County Executive Steve Levy issued the following statement:

“Some recommendations are constructive and will be implemented; many others we are already doing, and some we disagree with,” Levy said.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall On The Story

For more information on the feds’ findings, please click here.

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