Late detective gets attorney general’s award for MS-13 cases

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A New York police detective who relentlessly investigated killings committed by MS-13 gang members before succumbing to cancer last year became the first law enforcement officer on Tuesday to posthumously receive a distinguished service award from the U.S. attorney general.

Attorney General William Barr presented the award to the family of Suffolk County police Detective William Maldonado, who died in April 2018 after a three-year battle with colon cancer. He was one of 19 law enforcement officers from across the U.S. who were recognized with the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in Policing during a ceremony at the Justice Department’s headquarters in Washington.

Maldonado had worked on the FBI’s Long Island Gang Task Force, where he was involved in prosecutions of more than 40 MS-13 members, solving more than a dozen homicides and 25 robberies. The brutal MS-13…

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