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Delano Suspended for Insubordination

By Mark Scott

Buffalo, NY – The Buffalo Police detective who worked to clear Lynn DeJac has been suspended.

Dennis Delano -- a member of the department's cold-case squad -- is accused of insubordination. Police Commissioner McCarthy Gipson filed departmental charges against Delano Friday.

In a written statement, Gipson says the charges are "extremely serious" in nature and that his actions compromised the integrity of the police department. Gipson says Delano released a crime scene video and other information from the Lynn DeJac case to the media.

But a Buffalo Common Council member wants some answers. Lovejoy district lawmaker Richard Fontana says an executive session will be held Monday afternoon to learn more about Delano's suspension.

"Why was Detective Delano suspending in such a fashion," Fontana asked. "We'd like to know the answer to that. We're not taking sides. We want to make sure the detective was treated fairly.

"He's been outspoken. He's been aggressive. He's been very effective in obtaining people's freedom. We want to make sure that's protected."

Delano had indicated to WBFO News two weeks ago that he still believed DeJac's daughter was the victim of a homicide, which is at odds with the recent district attorney cocaine findings.

Delano has been honored in recent months for his role in exonerating Anthony Capozzi, a Buffalo man who was wrongly imprisoned for 20 years on a rape conviction.

The issue made national news when Dejac appeared on "The Today Show" Friday morning praising Delano.