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Letters: Police mistakes 'mind-numbing' As a former detective commander for the New York City Police Department, I find the ineptitude of the Suffolk County homicide detectives, as depicted in "Evidence barred" [News, Oct. 17], to be absolutely mind-numbing. Even a rookie police officer knows that the measure of an arrest is whether the person being detained is free to leave. There is no such thing as taking someone from his vehicle, handcuffing him and taking him to the precinct -- where he i

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