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Former Buffalo police officer sentenced to four months in prison, house arrest

Posted at 2:03 PM, Dec 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-12 14:03:22-05

A federal judge sentenced former Buffalo Police Department Lieutenant Gregory Kwiatkowski to four months in prison on Wednesday.

Kwiatkowski pleaded guilty back in December of 2016 to a civil rights violation dating back seven years.

In May of 2009, Kwiatkowski was working an overnight shift when he responded to a call on Treehaven Road. Cheektowaga police had stopped a vehicle believed to be involved in a BB gun shooting earlier that night. Four people, ages 16 to 18, were inside. Kwiatkowski admitted to using "unreasonable and excessive" force on the suspects. That force included shoving their heads and upper torsos into a vehicle.

In addition to a four-month prison sentence, Kiwatkowski was also sentenced to one year of supervised released, including four months of home detention.

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