ADL Mourns Passing of Suffolk County Police Detective Sergeant Robert Reecks

New York, NY, August 9, 2011 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) joins the Suffolk County Police Department in mourning the passing of Detective Sergeant Robert Reecks, who died in a car accident on August 6.  

John B. Harris, ADL New York Regional Board Chair, and Ron Meier, ADL New York Regional Director, issued the following statement:

We mourn the passing of Detective Sergeant Robert Reecks, a friend and a defender of our nation's democratic values who was deeply committed to justice and fair treatment for all. 

For 13 years Det. Sgt. Reecks commanded the Suffolk County Police Department's Bias Crimes Unit.  His was a voice of principle and reason. 

Det. Sgt. Reecks understood the devastating impact of hate crimes and the critical role played by law enforcement to deter and counteract hate-motivated crime. He was an ally against racism, anti-Semitism, prejudice and bigotry of all types.  He was a dedicated partner in our efforts.  

We extend our sincere condolences to the Reecks family and hope they will take comfort from his legacy of good works.

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today it is the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes, developing anti-bias education programs for students, countering cyber-hate and relentlessly pursuing equal rights for all.

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