The Latest: Former suburban NY police chief arrested in federal civil rights case

The latest on the arrest of a former New York police chief (all times local):

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.


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.