No verdict yet in ex-Suffolk officer's misconduct trial

There was no verdict delivered Thursday after the first full day of deliberations in the misconduct trial of a former Suffolk police sergeant. Greene is

Greene is facing 21 grand jury charges. He is accused of targeting Hispanic motorists and stealing money from them.

Greene is facing 21 grand jury charges. He is accused of targeting Hispanic motorists and stealing money from them. (1/14/16)

CENTRAL ISLIP - There was no verdict delivered Thursday after the first full day of deliberations in the misconduct trial of a former Suffolk police sergeant.

Greene is facing 21 grand jury charges. He is accused of targeting Hispanic motorists and stealing money from them.

The former sergeant was caught on video during a 2014 sting operation conducted by police and the Suffolk district attorney. He retired shortly after his arrest.

Greene maintains that he never stole from anyone else and says he never targeted Hispanics for traffic stops.

The jury asked the judge the definition of a hate crime Thursday. Judge Fernando Camacho told the jurors it is when a victim is targeted because of their race, ethnicity or national origin.

During the 4 ½-day trial, six Hispanic men testified that Greene pulled them over around the Coram area between 2010 and 2013. They say he searched them when they couldn't provide driver licenses.  

They also said they later realized that money was missing from either their pockets or vehicles.

The jury asked to have the testimony of three of those men read back.  

If convicted of grand larceny as a hate crime, Greene could face seven to 20 years in prison.

 

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