BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) -- A former West Seneca police officer appeared in U.S. District Court on Wednesday to answer charges that he violated a man's civil rights during an alleged bar fight.
Sean Kelley pleaded not guilty at his arraignment. He declined to comment as he left the downtown courthouse.
Kelley was off-duty with his wife at Mackie's Countryside Inn on Clinton Street in West Seneca on March 12, when he got into a verbal argument with another patron, according the the criminal complaint.
Kelley called two on-duty police officers for back up, court documents said.
When the officers arrived, Kelley "ripped [the victim] off his seat, dragged him through the dining room, and out the back door to the parking lot," the criminal complaint said.
"[The victim] stated ... Kelley slammed his head into the wall a few times and punched him five or six times."
Kelley faces 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted of the charges.