BPD officer accused of Assault to return to court


UPDATE: Officer Hassett’s attorney and the prosecution stood before Buffalo City Court Judge Joseph Fiorella Tuesday, Sept. 12. 

The prosecution stated it was ready for trial and announced two additional supporting depositions into the case; Hassett’s attorney objected to that readiness and requested a Bill of Particulars, which outlines the claims for what is being alleged. 

Hassett was not present in court. 

Judge Fiorella scheduled a date for motions and response for Oct. 19. 

A possible trial date has yet to be determined. 

If Hassett is convicted on his charges, he’s facing two years in jail.

A Buffalo police officer accused of assaulting a person in custody will return to court for a pre-trial conference.

Officer Joseph Hassett was arrested two weeks ago. Police say that in March, Officer Hassett tripped a suspect who was in handcuffs, causing him to hit his head on the ground.

MORE | Learn more about Hassett’s arrest and plea of ‘not guilty’ here.

Hassett has been free on his own recognizance. He will be in court at 2 p.m.

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