According to WIVB, two Buffalo Police officers are being accused of making an unlawful arrest. In a federal civil lawsuit filed by Daniel Mele of Buffalo, the officers made the arrest, and after they realized that they arrested an innocent person, they conspired to cover it up.

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According to WIVB, the lawsuit states, that Daniel was near his home in the early morning on August 29th, 2019. Buffalo Police Officer Andrew R Thomas and Phillip Edwards pushed him on the ground forcefully. After Daniel Mele was in the police car they drove him to Deny's restaurant, where a robbery had occurred, to get one of the employes to identify him as the robber.

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After learning that Daniel Mele did not commit that crime, Instead of releasing him from custody, the officers charged him with second-degree destruction of governmental administration. According to WIVB, Mele was looked up and later released, after charges had been dropped at his arraignment.

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According to WIVB, this is at least the third lawsuit filed with similar allegations against Buffalo Police officers in less than a year.