Officer Resigns After Guilty Plea in Federal Court
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) A Buffalo Police officer turns in his badge after pleading guilty to two civil rights charges.
John Cirulli will resign as part of the plea deal made before Chief US District Judge WIlliam Skretny late Thursday afternoon. US Attorney Bill Hochul says Cirulli admitted to kicking and punching a handcuffed man following a chase last month near Ontario Street. Hochul says Cirulli admitted he also struck the suspect in the face while inside the police car.
"No reason was given," says Hochul. He adds Cerulli tried to take away the cell phone depicting the video. "Thanks to some fast work on the citizen's part, the citizen was able to swtich cell phones with a friend, show Cerulli the cell phone with the video deleted, satisfying him and walking away," notes Hochul.
Cirulli was suspended after the video went viral, five other officers were placed on paid administrative leave. He'll be sentenced in September and faces up to two years in jail.