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DA should review arrests, testimony of former officer caught using racial slur, lawmaker says

Nassau County police
Posted at 6:10 PM, Jun 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-11 18:13:05-04

NASSAU COUNTY — The Nassau County District Attorney's Office should review arrests and testimonies made by a former officer who was recently caught on camera using a racial slur, a lawmaker said.

Ed Serrao, who has not worked as an officer for two years, "was disrespectful and antagonistic using a racial slur towards a protester, County Executive Laura Curran and Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said in a joint statement.

"I said we got n-----s here now,” Serrao said in video that was posted on Twitter.

Legislator Carrié Solages, in a letter to Curran and DA Madeline Singas, said he has serious concerns Serrao may have acted inappropriately while on the job.

"Convictions secured against minority defendants based on former officer Serrao’s testimony could be tainted by the blatant racism that he displayed," he wrote to Curran and Singas. "Therefore, I respectfully request that Nassau County and the Nassau County District Attorney’s Officer review former officer Serrao’s arrest and conviction record and any testimonies he may have given as a Nassau County police officer for racial hostility, and take appropriate action should any be found."

Miriam Sholder, a spokesperson for Singas' office, directed anyone with complaints about Serrao to contact 516-571-7755.

"The former police officer is not believed to have made many arrests in recent years, however, we invite any affected individuals to contact our office if they believe their cases were impacted by his actions," Sholder said.

A spokesperson for Curran's office declined to comment on the request from Solages.