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Federal court rules Devin Ford's arrest during Krug trial is inadmissible

Posted at 5:15 PM, Jul 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-18 17:15:17-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Devin Ford, the man seen in the altercation with police captured on camera by a former 7 Eyewitness News photographer on November 26, 2014, was arrested Wednesday afternoon. He faces a Class B misdemeanor charge and a violation charge, after allegedly attacking his sister.

U.S. District judge Richard Acara decided the arrest, comments Ford made to the arresting officer, and previous tweets Ford made about police, were inadmissible in the case of Buffalo Police Department Officer Corey Krug. A retrial for Officer Krug began Wednesday. Krug is facing a civil rights charge in connection to the November 2014 altercation. Krug was previously acquitted of three other charges.

Judge Acara said it would be highly prejudicial for the jury to know about Ford's past tweets or that he was arrested during this trial.

Much of the day in court was spent without the 15-member jury present, as the defense and prosecutions asked Ford about the arrest and his tweets.

The Lackawanna police officer who arrested Ford was also brought in to testify.