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Officer Claims Clarkstown PD Monitored Residents' Social Media

A total of 41 charges have been filed against suspended Clarkstown Police Chief Michael Sullivan.
A total of 41 charges have been filed against suspended Clarkstown Police Chief Michael Sullivan. Photo Credit: Michael Sullivan Facebook

CLARKSTOWN, N.Y. -- During the third day of testimony Tuesday in the disciplinary hearing of suspended Clarkstown Police Chief Michael Sullivan, a police officer revealed the department monitored residents' social media accounts, according to lohud.com.

During the testimony, Officer Kara Donahue said she was asked by the former director of the county's Special Intelligence Unit, Sgt. Stephen Cole-Hatchard, to collect information from a Facebook account that was questioning the high costs of running the department, reported lohud.com.

The account, which was publicly available, supported Supervisor George Hoehmann's effort to reduce the budget. Donahue was asked to take screenshots of people who liked and disliked the post, added lohud.com.

Donahue also testified that she did not know what was done with the information.

Sullivan, who has denied any wrongdoing, testified he was not aware of the monitoring until months later when he was suspended, said lohud.com.

Cole-Hatchard, who was subpoenaed to testify, has failed to appear.

Sullivan, who has been suspended from the police department since July, is facing multiple allegations of wrongdoing, including disobedience, insubordination and allowing improper surveillance.

Click here to read the lohud.com.

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