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Local Criminal Justice Expert Weighs in on Delano Suspension

By Eileen Buckley

Buffalo, NY – A local criminal justice expert weighs in on the suspension of Buffalo Police detective Dennis Delano.

Hilbert College professor Edward Qualey teaches criminal justice and forensic science. But he worked directly in the field for more than two decades.

Qualey is a veteran member of law enforcement. He served 25 years as a sergeant and supervisor with the New York State Police. Qualey says when he initially heard about the suspension of detective Delano he was surprised. But Qualey says once details emerged, his reaction changed.

Delano was suspended last week after he refused to stop his own investigation into the death of Lynn DeJac's daughter, Crystallynn. Delano even released video tapes containing evidence to a television station after the District Attorney ruled that the girl's death was cause a cocaine overdose.

But Qualey says Delano could have sought help from a federal grand jury or his own union, the PBA, if he felt the case was botched.

Calls to the head of the Buffalo Police union were not returned to WBFO News on Wednesday.

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