ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. – Several Rockland County law enforcement agencies have ceased email communications with the Clarkstown Police Department in response to claims that town officials can access officers’ electronic communications, according to lohud.com.
Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe was the first to take the step, according to the lohud.com, which reported that Spring Valley Police Chief Paul Modica and Ramapo Police Chief Brad Weidel directed their officers Friday to follow suit.
The agencies’ decisions come as Clarkstown police Sgt. Stephen Cole-Hatchard claims in a lawsuit that he was removed from his position as head of the Rockland County Strategic Intelligence Unit because he was investigating $218,000 contributed to various Republican campaigns by a former Clarkstown officer who was fired from his position last year.
Cole-Hatchard discussed the contributions via email with a reporter, according to lohud.com, which reported that Cole-Hatchard claims Clarkstown Town Supervisor George Hoehmann accessed his emails and used the communication as an excuse to reassign him.
Zugibe told lohud.com that his office would continue prohibiting email contact with Clarkstown police in order to keep private information “we wouldn’t want the public to be aware of.”
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