Case of Buffalo officer accused of tripping suspect moving forward

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The case against a suspended Buffalo police officer is moving forward.

Joseph Hassett faces several charges. He was accused of tripping a handcuffed suspect in custody last year.

On Wednesday, attorneys for the officer asked the judge to toss out the indictment against their client. They said they believe the grand jury process was compromised.

The request was denied and his assault charges will stand.

Hassett is due back in court next Friday. 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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