Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) – The incident all started with a piece of video caught by a bystander. Buffalo police allegedly slapping and kicking a handcuffed suspect. Now, Channel 7 is learning more about the six officers on administrative leave from the department, Wednesday morning.
One of those officers in question is Dennis Gilbert. Gilbert is not only an officer but also a football coach at St. Joe’s Collegiate Institute. At this time, the school said they have no proof Gilbert acted inappropriately but they are monitoring the situation.
Meanwhile, U.S. Attorney William Hochul is working with the Buffalo Police Department and the FBI on the investigation. He said the video could be a key part in proving if the police were doing their job or breaking the law.
“The vast majority of police officers do their job properly each and every day and the video tape can be very compelling evidence that in fact the officers did nothing wrong. On the other hand, on that rare instant, where officers cross the line, having some depicted really would leave little doubt as to what happened in that moment in time,” Hochul said.
Authorities are working hard to investigate this matter. With many unanswered questions, the St. Joe’s community said they are shocked by the incident. Many of the students at St. Joe's are standing by their beloved coach.
According to the official police report, before the video was taken, the suspect led the police on a foot chase. He was then arrested for possession of Heroin and Crack Cocaine.