Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota to resign

Suffolk County DA Thomas Spota Indicted In 2012 Police Brutality Cover-up

The federal indictment stems from an incident in December 2012, when, authorities say, then-Suffolk County Police Chief James Burke beat a jailed inmate who had been arrested for breaking into his auto.

Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota and his top corruption prosecutor were indicted Wednesday for allegedly trying to cover up the ex-police chief's beating of a suspect five years ago, federal authorities said.

Mr. Burke pleaded guilty to "a deprivation of John Doe's civil rights and conspiracy to obstruct justice" on February 26, 2016, according to a release from Ms. Rohde.

They're facing charges of tampering with witnesses, witness tampering, obstruction of justice and deprivation of civil rights. Christopher McPartland, the chief of investigations and chief of the DA's Government Corruption Bureau, was also indicted and pleaded not guilty. "The crimes they're charged with are rivaled only by the conduct they allegedly attempted to hide".

Spota, 76, is not seeking re-election after 16 years in office.

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Mr. McPartland, 51, is from Northport.

Burke, who was the chief of police during critical early years of the Long Island Serial Killer investigation, is now serving a prison sentence after pleading guilty to beating and threatening a suspect.

Burke is serving prison time for beating a handcuffed man for stealing embarrassing items from his SUV.

In a pre-sentencing letter, prosecutors said "high-ranking officials" from other county agencies helped Burke silence potential whistleblowers after he pummeled a heroin addict who had taken his gun belt, ammunition, a box of cigars and a bag containing sex toys and pornography. Spota is charged with conspiracy and obstruction in the federal investigation into long-time Spota protege, and former Suffolk County police chief, James Burke.

It's unclear if they'll continue in their jobs as prosecutors while their cases are pending. Sini is running for district attorney in November.

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