Buffalo PBA President doesn't see charges in Suttles case

John Evans says Quentin Suttles resisted

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June 28, 2020 - 1:47 pm
Quentin Suttles arrest

Quentin Suttles arrest viewed in body cam footage released by his attorney, Josh Ramos

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Buffalo, NY (WBEN) - The Buffalo Police Department is again in the splotlight as attorneys prepare to sue the department, city and police commissioner over a violent arrest in May.

The President of the Buffalo Police Police Benevolent Association says he doesn’t believe there will be any charges brought against the officers involved in the May arrest of Quentin Suttles.

In a conversation Sunday with WBEN, John Evans said that, “I cannot see any charges coming from this. The individual was not cuffed, if he’d been cuffed, the guys would have a problem but their use of force ended as soon as he was brought under control. I don’t see any issue with it at all.”

“From what I’ve seen, it’s merely a case of Mr. Suttles not realizing that use of force is permissible and in his case was necessary in order for them to overcome his resistance,” said Evans.

The case is again drawing attention to the Buffalo Police at a time when police violence is in the spotlight nationally and as the city begins to phase-in new policies and procedures stemming from recent incidents locally and nationally.

Suttles’ attorney, Joshua Ramos has filed a notice of claim against the City of Buffalo, Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood, and the two officers, Ronald Ammerman and Michael Scheu, and it accuses the officers of excessive force during Suttles’ arrest on May 10th stemming from a traffic stop.  

Evans says that recently released bodycam footage showed the officers trying to search Suttles and clearly showed his resistance to the officers' directions.

“If he had nothing to hide, why did he not follow their directions and take his hands out of his pants and move on?”

Quentin Suttles police report

 

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