New York mayor meets with Attorney General Reno over police probe

(NEW YORK) -- Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik met Tuesday with Attorney General Janet Reno and other Justice Department officials in Washington regarding the long-running investigation of allegedly discriminatory police procedures.

At his daily news briefing, Giuliani said he had requested the meeting with Reno some time ago, and that it concerned the investigation of the New York City police being conducted by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Brooklyn.

Giuliani declined to discuss specifics of the two-hour meeting, saying the matter is confidential. Justice officials declined to comment as well.

Giuliani praised Reno as "very attentive, very conscientious."

"She has taken it under judgment, and we are hopeful we will be able to work it out," the mayor said.

At the meeting with Reno were: U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch, heading the investigation; Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder; Civil Rights Division chief Bill Lann Lee; and Acting Associate Attorney General Dan Markus.

Lynch's office launched its investigation of the NYPD in 1997 after Abner Louima, a Haitian immigrant, was tortured in a police station bathroom following his arrest in a melee outside a Brooklyn nightclub.

The Justice Department can sue if they do not get sought-after concessions from the mayor's office.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Manhattan also is weighing whether to file civil rights charges against four New York City cops acquitted in the 1999 slaying of Amadou Diallo, who died in a hail of 41 bullets.

(iSyndicate; The Record; Nov. 22, 2000) Terms and Conditions: CopyrightO 2000 LEXIS-NEXIS, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights Reserved.

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