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Suffolk: Spota 'saddened' by Chief Burke's departure under probe

DA Thomas Spota says he's

DA Thomas Spota says he's "saddened" by protege James Burke's departure as chief of Suffolk police. Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Suffolk District Attorney Thomas Spota, a long time mentor of Suffolk Police chief of department James Burke, gave a belated reaction to his protege’s sudden decision to retire in light of a renewed federal probe into conduct related the theft of the chief’s duffel bag and his treatment of the suspect.

“I’m saddened by it,” said Spota. “He’s a great friend and a terrific chief of the department and everyone I’ve spoken to in the department is saddened by his resignation.”

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