Suspended cop Corey Krug pleads not guilty, appears in court

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — One of Buffalo’s suspended police officers appeared in federal court on Friday with his wife by his side to plead not guilty.

A federal judge heard the plea at Corey Krug’s arraignment hearing following the second round of charges brought against Krug. The officer, who was suspended without pay after video surfaced of him allegedly beating a man, is facing charges of deprivation of rights under color of law over two separate incidents that are five years apart.

On Thursday, a grand jury returned an indictment charging Krug with both deprivation of rights under color of law and filing a false report over an alleged beating in 2010. In early August, a criminal complaint charged him with the same charge over a beating caught on camera on Thanksgiving day in 2014.

Krug’s attorney, Terry Connors, is portraying his client as a dedicated public servant. Connors stood by Krug in court along with his wife.

“He works the hardest and the toughest beats in this community,” said Connors. “And this is devastating. It’s very difficult for him.”

U.S. Magistrate Kenneth Schroeder admonished prosecutors for taking so long to act on the two cases given the available evidence and testimony.

“We’re doing a full review of his file,” Prosecutor Jack Rogowski said. “He used his position as a police officer and took advantage of that to be able to use force on an individual beyond what was necessary.”

Defense Attorney Connors says the lapse of time could impact a trial.

“What are the witnesses memories like? Who’s available to provide information on either side?  It’s a very difficult thing to re-create,” Connors said.

If found guilty of all of the charges, Krug could face up to 20 years behind bars and a fine of up to $500,000.

 

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