CENTRAL ISLIP - An immigrant rights group urged federal investigators today to expand their investigation into alleged discriminatory policing in Suffolk County to include the county executive.

Today, Joselo Lucero, whose brother was killed in a hate crime attack in 2008, and a group of immigrant rights supporters met with Department of Justice (DOJ) investigators on the issue.

The group points to a public fight between the former head of the hate crimes unit and Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy (R-Suffolk).

In a statement, Levy said that he never interfered with the hate crimes unit,  saying "...the definition of what is and what is not a hate crime is determined through New York State law, and cannot be influenced by the administration or any other entity."

DOJ launches probe of Suffolk police