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Bills fan sues Erie County Sheriffs deputies over game-day encounter

Posted at 7:01 PM, Feb 06, 2019

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A Buffalo Bills fan is taking legal action against Erie County, Sheriff Tim Howard and two deputies after a game-day arrest caught on camera.

Nicholas Belsito has filed the lawsuit claiming assault, battery and an unlawful arrest by Erie County deputies Kenneth Achtyl and James Flowers during a tailgate.

During the incident in December 2017, Belsito was arrested on counts of criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and obstructing governmental administration. All the charges were dropped by the Erie County District Attorney's office in June of 2018 after watching an Erie County Deputy's body-camera footage of the incident.

Records show Belsito suffered a number of serious injuries during his arrest.

According to the lawsuit, Belsito is seeking "an award of general, special and punitive damages" but does not provide an exact amount.

A spokesperson for Erie County tells 7 Eyewitness News that the county attorney is handling the case and the county "does not comment on pending litigation."