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Second Suspect Questioned in Long Island Beating

June 2, 1996

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) _ A second suspect in the beating of a black man surrendered for questioning Saturday, while his lawyer says the attack _ allegedly by a white New York City police officer and his friends _ was self-defense.

``My client has a hole in his head the size of a dollar bill,″ an injury he suffered during the May 26 fight outside a Long Island disco, said Dominic Barbara, the attorney for Austin Offen.

Barbara’s version contradicts the story told by witnesses and police, who say Detective Constantine Chronis and his friends beat Shane Daniels unconscious with a 5-pound steel bar without provocation in the early morning hours of May 26.

Authorities said Chronis, who remained jailed Saturday on an assault charge, used racial slurs against Daniels before the near-fatal beating outside the Marakesh disco.

Offen, 26, and his lawyer spoke with Suffolk County prosecutors for four hours Saturday. Offen has not been charged.

Daniels, 21, remained hospitalized in critical but stable condition.

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