Statement from Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart On Spota-McPartland Verdict

“I want to thank the Eastern District of New York and the jury for their hard work in rendering a verdict today that sends a clear message that no one is above the law. All of us in law enforcement take an oath to uphold the Constitution and serve, not our own self-interests, but rather our communities. As we learned, the very people charged with upholding the law were the ones who were found guilty of assisting James Burke in his attempt to get away with his crime. Instead of being leaders and standing up for justice, they did their best to manipulate the system and everyone who stood in their way. The actions of former District Attorney Thomas Spota and his Chief Aide Christopher McPartland go against everything that this department stands for and it is unfortunate that their illegal activities could cast a negative light on the public’s perception of this police department. Instead of supporting the proud men and women of this department, this trio focused on corruption and cover-ups.

“We have been monitoring this case closely and remain in contact with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District. We are also in the process of reviewing all of the testimony and evidence presented at trial, and upon further review will take appropriate action if warranted.

“We want to assure members of the public that the current leadership of this department is committed to integrity, honesty, and professionalism. I am continuously impressed by the work and level of commitment by our police officers and residents of this county should feel proud of their police department.”