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Shocking video released after suspect beaten at city lockup

City reached $300,000 settlement with Porter of constitutional rights

February 22, 2019 - 4:52 am

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - A shocking video of a suspect being beaten by a cell block attendant nearly three years ago was released by the City of Buffalo after a joint lawsuit from Channel 7 and The Buffalo News.

The city released the video following a $300,000 settlement to Shaun Porter, the man who was attacked. Matthew Jaskula was seen on video shoving Porter face first into a door and onto the ground while two officers looked on. Porter was then dragged through the building and put in a restraint chair. He was left for more than an hour before he received medical attention.

Jaskula was sentenced to 18 months in prison for violating Porter's rights. The city refused to release the tapes while the civil litigation was underway.

"I don't know what those officers were thinking at the time," says Mayor Byron Brown. "Clearly, myself and then-commissioner Daniel Derenda and current commissioner Byron Lockwood were not happy with what we saw. I saw the tape and it was disappointing and disturbing." Brown says upon being made aware of the tape, the city turned it over to law enforcement agencies outside of the Buffalo jurisdiction. Brown adds the city has added surveillance cameras in the cell block building. "This is to provide transparency and identify any behaviors of concern," says Brown.

Lockwood says there's a zero tolerance policy toward such conduct. "If these incidents happen, I will take this seriously and issue the proper discipline they deserve," says Lockwood. "I think the majority of Buffalo Police Officers do their jobs professionally every day."

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