Krug found not guilty of excessive force charges

Prosecutors will seek retrial on 2014 incident

Mike Baggerman
February 26, 2019 - 2:14 pm

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Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - Buffalo Police Officer Corey Krug was found not guilty by an 11-person jury on two counts of depravation of civil rights and one count of falsifying a report.

Krug had three separate incidents of alleged misconduct from 2010 to 2014. However, the jury was deadlocked on the excessive force charge from the 2014 incident that was caught by a WKBW-TV camera on Thanksgiving Eve on Chippewa Street, where Krug was shown hitting Devin Ford multiple times with his nightstick.

SEE THE VIDEO OF THE 2014 INCIDENT (VIDEO: WKBW-TV)

Krug is an 18-year veteran of Buffalo Police and has been on paid leave for multiple years.

Terry Connors, Krug's attorney, said the defense was gratified that the jury saw it their way.

"It's a tremendous result for us, we're just happy for that," Connors said.  "Right now, we're just hoping that Corey can get back to work as soon as possible."

Krug was surrounded by his supporters throughout the trial and following his acquittal.

"I just want to go home and see my kids," he said.

Attorneys will meet with Judge Richard Arcara on Wednesday afternoon to decide if another trial will be conducted on the fourth charge in the case.

US Attorney JP Kennedy released the following statement after Tuesday's verdict

“The defendant, like every person on the street, is guaranteed certain rights under our Constitution. Among those rights are the rights to due process and a fair trial. The defendant exercised his constitutional rights and the jury acquitted him on three counts.  That is the way our Constitution and our system of justice are supposed to work. We accept the jury’s verdict, and we will be seeking an immediate retrial of the defendant on Count 4 of the Superseding Indictment.”

 

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