BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The investigation continues into a violent video that prompted accusations of police brutality in Buffalo. The suspect says he didn’t deserve the beating.
At this point, all agencies involved continue their investigation, that includes the department’s internal investigation, the Erie County district attorney, and United States Attorney Bill Hochul’s office.
The FBI is also looking into the potential of any civil rights violations, as it relates to this video. It was recorded almost two weeks ago, on the corner of Ontario and Philadelphia Streets.
Six officers have been placed on administrative leave as a result of the video surfacing.
WATCH the full video below, or on YouTube. Warning: some severe language can be heard.
The suspect, 22-year- old John Willet, was handcuffed and on the ground, when an officer appears to have slapped and kicked him.
Willet ran from police, as they tried to pull him over. They say he had marijuana in a pants pocket along with crack and heroin in his car. Willet is due back in court at the end of May for a felony hearing.
Tuesday, we’ll talk to the other man at the center of this controversy, the man who used his cell phone to record these shocking images. It turns out he too has a story to tell of what he calls police intimidation.