Suffolk cop disciplined for criticizing superior

A Suffolk County police officer and major in the Army Reserves says he is being docked five days pay after criticizing a superior.

Officer Mike Simonelli says he spoke up against Suffolk Police Commissioner Richard Dormer at a public hearing in July with county lawmakers about the budget. Simonelli says he compared Dormer to a military commander who failed his soldiers.

A spokesman for the commissioner says Simonelli "embarrassed, ridiculed and degraded Police Commissioner Dormer." According to county police officials, Simonelli's pay suspension is the result of "conduct unbecoming [of] an officer."

The Suffolk Police Benevolent Association will challenge the discipline.

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