Long Island Police Sergeant Pleads Not Guilty in Racial Profiling Case

A sting operation captured the 25-year veteran stealing from a driver in a traffic stop

Monday, Mar 24, 2014  |  Updated 8:28 PM EDT
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A sergeant with the Suffolk County Police Department is accused of targeting Hispanic motorists and stealing cash from them during traffic stops. Greg Cergol reports.

A sergeant with the Suffolk County Police Department is accused of targeting Hispanic motorists and stealing cash from them during traffic stops. Greg Cergol reports.

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L.I. Police Sergeant Accused of Racial Profiling

A 25-year Suffolk County Police Department veteran was arrested Friday, accused of targeting Hispanic drivers in traffic stops, and in some cases stealing from them, authorities announced. Greg Cergol reports.
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A Long Island police sergeant accused of targeting Latino motorists and stealing cash from them during traffic stops has pleaded not guilty to hate crime and other charges.

Scott Greene appeared Monday before a judge in Central Islip.

A 21-count indictment includes six counts of grand larceny as a hate crime.

Greene was released on his own recognizance.

He was arrested in January.

Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota says the alleged bias stops occurred in Farmingville, Medford and Coram.

Greene was arrested in an undercover sting operation. Authorities allege he was caught on surveillance tape taking $100 from an envelope on the front seat of a car driven by an undercover detective who is Latino.

Defense attorney Tim Mazzei had no comment.

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