Former BPD Cell Attendant Sentenced

Admitted to attacking inmate in his custody

Mike Baggerman
December 21, 2017 - 2:07 pm

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Matthew Jaskula, a former cell block attendant for the Buffalo Police Department, was sentenced to 18 months in prison after he deprived an inmate of his civil rights.

Jaskula pushed inmate Shaun Porter into a door face-first on May 19, 2016. The door flew open and Porter's face struck the ledge of a shelf before striking the floor, face-first. Jaskula then dragged Porter 10-15 feet to an open cell. During this time, Porter was bleeding profusely.

Once he was dragged into the room, Porter's head struck the door frame, causing blood to pool on the floor. Already he was seriously injured, Jaskula stood him up and a strip search was conducted. Porter later had to be taken to ECMC after complaining of chest pains, where he was treated for nasal bone fractures and a laceration between his nose and right eye.

Defense attorney Paul Dell said that Buffalo Police officers were laughing during this and argued that the culture of the Buffalo Police Department was enough to drop the charges.

"Even the judge said he agreed there's probably a bad environment there," Dell told reporters following the sentencing. "I tried to make the argument that more jail time for Mr. Jaskula is not going to fix anything. He already has suffered a lot."

Judge Lawrence Vilardo said during sentencing today that Jaskula did not seem to "get it". Jaskula expressed regret for the incident and apologized to his family for the embarassment, but never to the victim.

"I disagree," Dell added. "The first thing I said was I apologize to Mr. Porter. I'm a criminal defense attorney and I certainly get it. This case bothers me a lot. I did not agree with that assessment (from the judge)."

Buffalo Police has not released video of the incident because they are currently in the middle of a civil lawsuit brought on by Porter.

Jaskula has already served three and a half months of his sentence. After his time in prison he will serve three years of supervised release.

LISTEN: Defense attorney Paul Dell

U.S. Attorney JP Kennedy released the following statement

“Every day, children across the country begin their school day repeating the Pledge of Allegiance, which concludes with the following phrase, ‘with liberty and justice for all,’ noted U.S. Attorney Kennedy. “‘All’ means all, it doesn’t mean ‘some’ or simply ‘those who act the way we like.’ This Office remains committed to doing our part to deliver justice to—and to protect the civil rights of—all citizens in our District.”

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