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Suffolk Police Commissioner Richard Dormer put the department's e-mail list to unusual use today when he sent to reporters and scores of others a note with the subject line "AP story." The text included an Associated Press story about racial tensions in Patchogue following the killing of Ecuadorean immigrant Marcelo Lucero in 2008.

This AP story -- reprinted on this Washington Post website and elsewhere -- is a mostly positive take on relations between Suffolk police and the Hispanic community. In a note at the top of the email, Dormer wrote it was "solely for your information." Dormer spokesman Tim Motz hasn't returned our calls asking about it. We'll post an update when and if he does.

Not mentioned in the story are anti-illegal immigrant positions held by Dormer's boss, County Executive Steve Levy. Nor does it restate Levy's one-time assertion that it "would have been a one-day story" had Lucero been killed in Nassau County.

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 (Editor's meddle: It just happens to be distributed by the police the same day that Newsday quoted AG candidate Sean Coffey taking aim at Levy on his "anchor-babies" statement in 2005. That piece is here.)

Lucero's alleged killer, Jeffrey Conroy, 19, is currently on trial in Riverhead for murder and manslaughter as hate crimes. Four other teens have already pleaded guilty.