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Letter: 'Despicable' theft by cop alleged

A lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in

A lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Central Islip on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, on behalf of 21 Latinos who live in Suffolk County, alleges that the Suffolk County Police Department targeted Latinos for race-based traffic stops, then robbed them or gave them unjustified summonses. Credit: Newsday / Alan Raia

Now we hear of a Suffolk police officer who allegedly stole from some of the poorest people on Long Island, probably because he thought they would be fearful of coming forward ["Cop took cash, 4 say," News, March 7]. Does it get any lower than this?

If this officer is found guilty, I hope he is punished severely for this crime and for tarnishing the work of good cops everywhere. I'm glad the victims found the courage to expose this despicable behavior by a man who swore to uphold the law.

John Schreiber, Freeport