Police Brutality Victim Sues City of Buffalo, Officers

June 17, 2014 Updated Jun 17, 2014 at 5:45 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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June 17, 2014 Updated Jun 17, 2014 at 5:45 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - John Willet, the handcuffed drug suspect who was beaten by a Buffalo police officer during a videotaped confrontation, is suing the City of Buffalo, Buffalo Police Department and three police officers for $500,000 in damages.

The 22-year-old Willet asked his lawyer to file a notice of claim in Erie County Court.

Attorney Phillip Dabney, Jr. said the officers were negligent, careless and omitted details of the brutality from the official police report.

Officer John Cirulli, who punched and kicked Willet, pleaded guilty to federal misdemeanor charges last month and resigned from the force.

Cirulli will be sentenced in September. He faces up to one year behind bars.

Buffalo Police Officer Nicholas Militello and Lt. Jeffrey Rinaldo are also named in court documents.

Militello remains on administrative leave along with four other officers. Rinaldo was never disciplined by the department.

"Where he fell short, where he was lax in supervising his officers that night, that corrective measures are put in place so that that won't happen again by him or any other supervising lieutenant," Dabney said.

City of Buffalo officials declined to comment, due to a policy which prevents city employees from commenting on pending litigation.

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