Activists want independent probe in immigrant's death

Hispanic activists are calling for an independent probe into the death of Rene Perez, a homeless immigrant who was found dying on the side of the road in Bedford last year.

Hispanics Across America President Fernando Mateo made a direct request Wednesday to the U.S. Attorney?s Office. He demanded federal officials get involved after an audiotape was released that captured two Bedford police sergeants and several officers apparently joking about Perez.

Mateo says the comments were not only disturbing but also show the racial insensitivity of both the Bedford and Mt. Kisco police departments.

?I believe their system needs to be revisited by a higher authority,? Mateo says. ?The feds should come and see what their procedures are like and correct them.?

Mateo also called on the government to step up investigations into two unsolved murders of other immigrants.

Meanwhile, Mount Kisco Police Officer George Bubaris is scheduled to appear in court again Thursday. During his pretrial hearing, Bubaris is expected to ask that some of his statements be thrown out. He claims he was forced to talk to the Bedford police when he didn?t have to.

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