Buffalo Police Officers Accused of Excessive Force Found Not Guilty

Decade-old incident comes to not guilty conclusion

August 25, 2018 - 8:53 am

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Two Buffalo Police Officers were found not guilty of using excessive force on teenagers in 2009 in a federal courtroom on Friday.

Raymond Krug and Joseph Wendel were accused by prosecutors of shooting a 17-year-old with a BB-gun while the boy was seated and handcuffed in a police car. Prosecutors said that Krug shot the teenager while Wendel encouraged Krug to shoot him again.

U.S. Attorney JP Kennedy released the following statement:

“We respect the jury’s verdict. As the guilty plea entered prior to trial by the Buffalo Police Department lieutenant on scene that night clearly establishes, the civil rights of the four young men arrested on May 31, 2009, were violated. Today’s verdict means that the jury concluded that Officers Raymond Krug and Joseph Wendel were not involved in those violations. In the end, this prosecution brought some measure of justice to all parties involved in the incident. That is how our system of justice is supposed to work.” 

The two officers were suspended with pay. 

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