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Incident

Date Apr 24, 2014
Time
Department Buffalo Police Department
Officers Nicholas A. Militello
Address None between Phildelphia Street and Ontario Street
Buffalo, NY
Description

CW: On the night of April 19th, when John Willet was driving, he noticed a car was following him. Fearing that it may be someone meaning to do him harm, he sped away. The car following him turned out to be undercover police car, which pursued Willet to Ontario and Philadelphia Streets. Willet parked his vehicle, got out and ran across the street where he willingly surrendered. Willet reported that he stood there with his hands in the air when an officer punched him and threw him down to the ground. Officers kneed and punched Willet while trying to apprehend him. An officer kicked and punched Willet while he was handcuffed and laying face down, pleading for them to stop. Willet was charged with resisting arrest and minor drug possession charges.

Links

  • Former Buffalo police officer receives probation for assault caught on video
    A former Buffalo police officer was sentenced to one-year probation and fined $3,000 for two civil rights violations. - ASHLEY HIRTZEL of WBFO
  • Willet v. City of Buffalo
    Plaintiff John Willet commenced this civil rights action against the City of Buffalo, the Buffalo Police Department, Officer Nicholas Militello, Lieutenant Jeffrey Rinaldo, John/Jane Doe Officers (collectively, the "City Defendants"), and former Officer John Cirulli in 2015. (Dkt. No. 1). The complaint arises out of Willet's arrest in the City of Buffalo in 2014. Willet alleges, among other claims, that Cirulli assaulted him during the arrest and that Militello and Rinaldo failed to intervene to stop the alleged assault. - UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK

Videos

  • Buffalo Police Brutality 4/24/2014
    CW: Willet reported that he stood there with his hands in the air when an officer punched him and threw him down to the ground. Shortly after that is where the video begins, you can see that officers kneed and punched Willet while trying to apprehend him. Towards the end, you can see an officer kicking and punching Willet while he was handcuffed and laying face down, pleading for them to stop. Willet was charged with resisting arrest and minor drug possession charges.