Former BPD Cell Block Attendant Pleads Guilty to Depriving Inmate of Civil Rights

Admitting to an unprovoked attack on inmate

Tom Puckett
May 30, 2017 - 3:09 pm

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) A Buffalo Police cell block attendant has resigned from his job after pleading guilty to depriving an inmate his civil rights by attacking him during processing.

Matthew Jaskula pleaded guilty to hitting the inmate from behind, shoving him into a jail door. The inmate went through the door and fell, causing a broken nose. Jaskula then grabbed the inmate by his handcuffed, dragging him to a cell. Assistant US Attorney Joseph Guerra says there was no provocation by the inmate.

The maximum penalty is ten years, but the recommended penalty is 15 to 21 months in prison. 

Jaskula will be sentenced in October. 

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