Exclusive: Police Brutality Claims in Amherst

August 31, 2014 Updated Aug 31, 2014 at 11:55 PM EDT

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August 31, 2014 Updated Aug 31, 2014 at 11:55 PM EDT

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Amherst, NY

Andrea Morgante is coming forward to prevent what allegedly happened to her daughter from happening to anyone else.
Morgante's daughter Lea-Marie filed a lawsuit against the Amherst Police department for a 2012 incident where her daughter claimed an officer beat her and left her with bruises during an unlawful arrest while she was parked in front of her mother's home.

Lea-Marie died unexpectedly due to an unrelated issue before the case was resolved.

"She was totally distraught by what had happened and she was having a hard time walking because of the beating that she had taken," said Morgante.

The same officer, John Fiore, involved in Lea-Marie's case is also named in another brutality lawsuit where a man was allegedly beaten while handcuffed inside the Amherst Police station and suffered two chipped teeth and a concussion.

Assistant Chief Charles Cohen says the Department plans to fight that case.

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