09/21/2006

N.Y. police superintendent rejects allegations of mismanagement

The Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y.- State Police Superintendent Wayne Bennett rejects allegation of mismanagement in the five-month manhunt for fugitive Ralph "Bucky" Phillips.

Bennett said the internal review already under way will address all questions. Governor Pataki issued a statement Wednesday saying his office looks forward to the completion of the internal police review.

The state troopers' union released a letter Tuesday night calling for an outside review of the way the manhunt was handled. Western New York Assemblyman William Parment yesterday said he had numerous complaints from constituents saying the search was poorly conducted.

Three troopers were shot, one fatally, during the five-month manhunt that ended with Phillips' capture September 8th.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said he would discuss with his members how to proceed.

Bennett said he would welcome an independent investigation, but he wouldn't call for one since the State Police can do the job.

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