Despite acquittal, Krug's legal challenge remains

One excessive force charge still remains against Buffalo Police officer

Mike Baggerman
February 26, 2019 - 9:00 pm

Corey Krug stands next to his attorneys Terry Connors (right) and Nicholas Romano (left) after his acquittal on two excessive force charges. February 26, 2019 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Supporters of Buffalo Police Officer Corey Krug were relieved in the moments following Krug's acquittal on three counts of his four-count indictment.

Krug was found not guilty by the 11-person jury of two counts of excessive force plus one count of falsifying a report. The acquittal clears him of incidents of abuse in 2010 and 2011, though the jury remained deadlocked on the most debated part of the two-week trial: A 2014 video caught by WKBW-TV showing him hitting Devin Ford on Chippewa Street on the night before Thanksgiving. 

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"This was hell on him and his family," John Evans, President of the Buffalo Police Benevolent Association, said. "Obviously it took a toll on us as well. No one wants to see a fellow officer go through this over again what some of which would be deemed disciplinary-wise, you might get a reprimand for departmentally. They want to give him ten years (for not filling out a form)? I thought it was utterly ridiculous and overcharged."

Evans lamented that any force is now deemed "excessive" and said the accusations against Krug makes officers not want to use any force because they may have to go through the same legal challenges.

"It's not good in my opinion," he said.

Krug has been on administrative leave for at least four years, according to Evans. Evans said Krug can return to work the next day if the government decides to drop the case. However, the won't. In a statement, the United States Attorney's Office said they will seek a retrial in the fourth count. Attorneys will meet again with Judge Richard Arcara in United States District Court on Wednesday afternoon.

A message to the New York American Civil Liberties Union was not returned. Buffalo Police also would not comment because of the further litigation. 

"I just want to go home and see my kids," Corey Krug said following his acquittal on Tuesday. 

 

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