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SPECIAL OFFICE TO PROBE POLICE MISCONDUCT REJECTED

The task force formed after the alleged beating and sexual assault of Abner Louima by police officers has rejected an idea to establish a special prosecutor's office to probe police misconduct.

The New York Times reported Tuesday that the 33-member panel recommended in its final report that a new class of more highly paid patrol officers be created and that a monitor be appointed to review how efficiently brutality complaints are investigated.

The report also recommends requiring officers to live in the city and to increase the punishment for officers who engage in brutality, the paper said.

The report is scheduled to be released later this week.

Four police officers have been charged in the August 1997 attack on Louima that allegedly started outside a nightclub and continued in a police station.

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