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NAACP Buffalo calling for investigation into use of force arrest

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Posted at 5:39 PM, May 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-20 21:59:21-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — For the first time, we’re hearing from 30 year-old Quentin Suttles, who can be seen in cell phone video being punched by a Buffalo Police Officer as they say he was resisting arrest.

“My eye got broken in two different places,” he said. “I’m seeing double vision.”

It was Mother’s Day when Buffalo Police say Suttles was driving the wrong way down Madison Street, which is a one way street when he was pulled over. The police report, obtained by 7 Eyewitness News says officers smelled a strong odor of marijuana and as they were patting him down, he began to fight.

“We should be treated and respected with dignity for the human beings that we are, said Rev. Mark Blue, President of the NAACP Buffalo.

Suttles says he’s had interactions with these same officers before, and says he first saw them that morning when he was getting gas at the gas station. He saw them follow him, and that’s when he turned the wrong way on Madison, a one way street.

Police say Suttles had a white substance on him. In the video, you can hear the officers say. “I’m trying to get the drugs.”

Erie County District Attorney John Flynn is investigating this incident as well as the video. Each officer was wearing a body camera.

At this point, the two officers are still working and on the job.

The NAACP Buffalo is calling for a full investigation into this arrest and use of force. They’re demanding the officers be put on leave until the conclusion of this incident.