Civil Liberties

FBI Probes Charges That Police Chief Beat Suspect

Twelve other officers have been subpoenaed


An FBI investigation is not only probing more deeply into claims that the chief of one of the country's largest police departments beat up a defenseless suspect, but it may be moving closer to answering unresolved questions that could show that the chief committed further, worse crimes than those of which he's currently accused.

Suffolk County Police Chief James Burke denies that he physically abused car break-in suspect Chris Loeb, 26, in Loeb's home and at a local police precinct early in the morning of December 14, 2012.  However, Loeb's mother, who had been at her home when Burke and other officers showed up around 12:30 that morning, responded to news that the case is changing.