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Union backs cop ... sort of

Anson also scolded the board for taking Hughes' badge "without due process."

"The town has over-reacted," Anson said after the meeting. He said the precedent for taking someone's police identification is termination or suspension, neither of which has happened to Hughes.

"I've worked for the Town of Bethlehem since 1981," said Anson. "Became an officer in 1988 and became union president 15 years after that. We've never had anyone suspended or terminated."

Anson also weighed in on the allegation made against Corsi.

"Personally, I've worked with Lou Corsi as a patrol officer, and for him as a lieutenant. I don't believe he is a racist," said Anson.

Both Chris Hughes and his father Al, who made headlines last week by towing a trailer around with messages deriding Bethlehem officials involved in Chris Hughes' complaint, addressed the board.

Both questioned the validity of the town's investigation, with Chris Hughes asking why, if the town is conducting a thorough investigation, he was never asked to be interviewed by Beebe.

Cunningham said a letter of intent to interrogate stemming from a May 17 meeting between he and Hughes was to serve as his interview, but Hughes said the letter pertained specifically to the meeting with the supervisor and not to the allegations made against Corsi.

"You're lying to the people, Jack," Hughes said at the Sept. 9 meeting. "I'd be more than happy to talk to Deputy Chief Beebe."

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