Attorneys for Buffalo Police officer charged with tripping prisoner ask for charges to be dismissed


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A Buffalo Police Officer charged with roughing up a prisoner at city lockup was back in court Wednesday.

Attorneys for Joseph Hassett asked a city judge to have the indictment against their client dismissed.

Hassett is accused of tripping a prisoner in his custody while processing him at central booking.

The fall caused the prisoner, who was handcuffed at the time, to be injured.

Hassett has pleaded not guilty.

He’s due back in court Feb. 28. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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