Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - A City Court Judge has decided to clear 65-year-old Edsil Cook of loitering, disorderly conduct, obstruction, and resisting arrest following an incident back in July at the NFTA Bus Depot. According to Cook, he stopped at the bus depot to use the restroom and chained his bike near a bus gate. When he decided to leave, an NFTA police officer approached him and began questioning him, which led to his arrest. According to the NFTA officer though, Cook was loitering at the building for close to an hour and became argumentative when questioned about his bike being in an undesignated area.
"It's a public facility and people are entitled to and able to use that restroom," said NFTA Spokesperson Doug Hartmayer. "Mr. Cook was arrested for not responding to a simple request of an officer, that led to a confrontation and a number of other charges."
The case moved to trial Monday morning in Buffalo City Court and Judge James McLeod found Cook not-guilty of all the charges.
"Justice was served and fairness was observed by the judge," said Public Defender Athena McCrory. "People go in and out of that station all the time. The public uses it as a public place and I think Mr. Cook was doing everything he could to be law abiding. I don't think he broke the law and the judge agreed."
Cook has also filed a complaint against the officer and did not comment following Monday's court decision.