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Activists Want Independent Review Board For Nassau Police Department

Group Also Calls For Full Investigation Into 'Abuses Of Authority'
Nassau County police cruiser (File/Credit: Mona Rivera/1010 WINS)

Nassau County police cruiser (File/Credit: Mona Rivera/1010 WINS)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Some Long Island residents have called for the establishment of an independent review board for the Nassau County Police Department.

As WCBS 880′s Sophia Hall reported Thursday, local activist group The Corridor Counts said the review board is necessary because many in the community feel they are being unfairly targeted by police.

The Corridor Counts also called for hearings by the Nassau County Legislature and a full investigation into what it called “recent abuses of authority and power by the Nassau County Police Department.”

According to the group’s website, “The Corridor” specifically refers to the Lakeview, Roosevelt, Hempstead, New Cassel, Freeport and Uniondale communities.

The purpose of the Civilian Complaint Review Board would be to give residents an opportunity to voice concerns or make claims about alleged improper conduct by Nassau County police, Hall reported.

“It would act as a governor– if you will– to oversee the police activity. It would be independently set up where individuals will not be political pawns and not be afraid to make decisions,” attorney Frederick Brewington said.

New York City and Syracuse have similar independent review boards.

The Nassau County Police Department said it thanks The Corridor Counts for their recommendations and will take them under advisement, Hall reported.

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