The Latest: Accused ex-police chief held without bail

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Posted: Dec 09, 2015 2:53 PM

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — The latest on the arrest of a former New York police chief (all times local):

2:50 p.m.

The former chief of one of the country's largest local law enforcement agencies is being held without bail on charges he assaulted a suspect who had broken into his SUV.

An attorney for former Suffolk County Police Chief James Burke entered a not guilty plea Wednesday at Burke's arraignment in federal court in Central Islip (EYE'-slihp), on Long Island.

Burke was arrested early Wednesday morning on charges of violating the rights of a man suspected of breaking into the police official's department-issued SUV in 2012. Burke also is charged with conspiring with other officers to cover up the alleged punching and kicking of the suspect inside a police station.

U.S. District Court Judge Leonard Wexler ordered the 51-year-old Burke held pending a Friday bail hearing. The judge said the hearing would be closed to the public and press, despite a protest from the assistant U.S. attorney prosecuting the case.

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12:10 p.m.

An attorney for a former New York police chief says his client looks forward to fighting charges that he attacked a man suspected of breaking into the officer's SUV and stealing a duffel bag.

The lawyer, Joseph Conway, denies the allegations against his client, former Suffolk County Police Chief James Burke.

Burke was arrested at his Long Island home early Wednesday. He is awaiting an afternoon court appearance.

Prosecutors have charged him with violating a man's rights by assaulting him and conspiring to cover up the incident.

Burke led the Suffolk County Police Department until his resignation in October.

U.S. Attorney Robert Capers says Burke influenced officers in his department to lie about what happened. He suggests further arrests are possible.

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11:55 a.m.

A former New York police chief has been arrested on charges he attacked a man suspected of breaking into the officer's SUV and stealing a duffel bag.

Former Suffolk County Police Chief James Burke was arrested by the FBI and federal agents at his Long Island home early Wednesday.

Prosecutors have charged Burke with violating a man's rights by assaulting him and conspiring to cover up the incident.

He is awaiting an afternoon court appearance. His attorney had no immediate comment.

Burke led the Suffolk County Police Department until his resignation in October.

U.S. Attorney Robert Capers says Burke influenced officers in his department to lie about what happened. He tells reporters to "stay tuned" on whether further arrests were possible.

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7:40 a.m.

A former Long Island police chief has been arrested by FBI agents.

James Burke, who led the Suffolk County Police Department until his resignation in October, was arrested Wednesday morning at his home. He resigned two months ago amid reports that he was the target of a renewed federal investigation.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone confirmed in October that Burke's departure was related to the probe.

Burke was investigated by the FBI in 2013 on suspicion that he may have abused a man suspected of stealing his gun belt, ammunition and handcuffs from his department issued vehicle. It was not immediately clear if Wednesday's arrest was related.

Television cameras showed Burke being led in handcuffs into an FBI office.

A message left with Burke's attorney was not immediately returned.