BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – One of the individuals allegedly roughed up by officers in a 2009 case had another encounter with Buffalo Police at the end of last year.
The allegations are spelled out in a lawsuit filed by Jeffery Campbell II just a few weeks ago in State Supreme Court.
“My client’s extremely frustrated,” according to Buffalo attorney Roland Cercone.
Campbell was a teenager when the 2009 incident happened. A federal investigation led to the recent indictment of a retired Buffalo Police lieutenant and two police officers on charges of using excessive force against Campbell and three others who were teenagers at the time.
Cercone represented Campbell and another teen in a civil lawsuit filed in connection with the 2009 case. News 4 has learned that a resolution was reached in that legal dispute.
But Campbell recently had another brush with Buffalo Police in December as he was walking home around 2:00 in the morning from a friend’s house in the Bailey-Winspear area, his attorney tells News 4.
“He was approached by a Buffalo Police officer. A lieutenant at the time who actually came up and grabbed him from behind. He had his headset on so he didn’t hear the officer,” Cercone tells News 4.
Cercone says police tried to detain Campbell for no reason, and that his client kept walking, and was then followed by officers for quite a distance.
“They actually followed him for over two miles where upon they arrested him later and charged him with loitering, disorderly conduct, harassment, resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration,” Cercone explained.
He says Campbell went to court four times and eventually all charges were dismissed.
News 4 asked whether Campbell was roughed up by police.
“When he was arrested, yes. Because he kept saying, ‘What are you arresting me for? What did I do?’ And they wouldn’t tell him. And during the course of that they threw him on the car. He alleged that they also they hit him and struck him in the face a couple times,” Cercone says.
Campbell, who’s the son of a retired Buffalo Police Officer, has filed a lawsuit against the City of Buffalo and its police department. In addition to alleging false arrest and malicious prosecution, the lawsuit also accuses police of using excessive force.
When asked whether he finds it strange that his client has had another encounter with Buffalo Police, Cercone said, “Do I find it strange? No. I do not believe it was retaliation for the first thing. I think maybe worse, sadly, it’s a comment on being a young black man living in this area at the time. I firmly believe it was just harassment of this young man at the time.”
The lawsuit, which is still in the very early stages of discovery, does not name officers individually.
A spokesperson for the City of Buffalo tells News 4 that the city does not discuss details of litigation.