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Letter: Firing Nassau cops

Thomas Dale, Nassau County's police commissioner. (Jan. 30,

Thomas Dale, Nassau County's police commissioner. (Jan. 30, 2012) Credit: Howard Schnapp

It appears that Newsday has joined the "I accuse, I judge, I sentence" school of due process ["Give commish power to fire," Editorial, May 11]. That's exactly what happens when one person is given the power to subjectively determine the fate of another. Substantive due process does not suffer the meting out of justice by overseers. Impartial third parties who are removed from the fray can better weigh the evidence unencumbered by organizational expediency.

But I'm not surprised at Newsday's zeal to chuck due process for rank-and-file police officers, given the one-sided treatment the police have received from these pages. It has been open season on the Nassau County Police Department.

Any organization will have individuals who stray. They should be, and are, disciplined. But the broad brush the editorial used to smear a "badly battered" organization was a bit much.

The sop so grudgingly given at the end of the editorial doesn't make amends for endorsing the end of due process for the men and women who risk their lives to protect all of us. But even a sop can declare the truth: "The vast majority of Nassau cops are fine, dedicated officers."

Quite true, and as such, they deserve the same due process we all enjoy.

Charles Loiacono, Hicksville

Editor's note: The writer is the president of the Nassau County Coalition of Labor, which represents Nassau County unions, including police unions.

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