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Suspended Clarkstown Police Department Sergeant Resigns

The Clarkstown police chief sergeant who was suspended reportedly resigned a day after.
The Clarkstown police chief sergeant who was suspended reportedly resigned a day after. Photo Credit: ReMax.com

CLARKSTOWN, N.Y. -- The Clarkstown police sergeant who claims he drew the ire of Clarkstown officials because he investigated an ex police sergeant's campaign donations put in his resignation a day following his suspension, according to lohud.com.

Detective Sgt. Stephen Cole-Hatchard reportedly in a letter said he'd become a 'scapegoat and sideshow' "so people would not remember ex police sergeant Michael Garvey's campaign contributions, including to the successful 2015 campaign of Town Supervisor George Hoehmann, lohud.com reported.

"While I can withstand this smear campaign, I will no longer allow my family or brother and sister police officers to suffer from this calculated and clever distraction," the letter says, according to lohud.com.

Just days after the Clarkstown Board voted to suspend town Police Chief Michael Sullivan, Cole-Hatchard filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the town claiming he was removed from the Rockland County Strategic Intelligence Unit for investigating the former police officer’s $218,000 campaign contribution to various Republican campaigns, according to lohud.com.

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