Special Prosecutor to Investigate BPD Officers Who Arrested Quentin Suttles
Quentin Suttles, who suffered serious injuries due during an arrest by officers with the Buffalo Police Department, will have a special prosecutor investigate his case.
A judge has ordered a special prosecutor be appointed to investigate the alleged police brutality that occurred in the arrest of Quentin Suttles, according to WKBW. The New York State Supreme Court Justice has ordered that the prosecutor look into the allegations against two Buffalo Police Department officers.
The Erie County District Attorney, John Flynn, said he had a conflict of interest. Now, the Monroe County District Attorney's office will take the lead on the case. Flynn is prosecuting Suttles on an illegal gun charge, violating an order of protection and other charges. Suttles was arrested on May 10 by BPD officers. The incident, which was recorded on a witness' cell phone and officers' body cams, shows one of the officers punching Suttles in the head many times.
Police claim that Suttles resisted arrested and 'fought with officers.' They also say he ignored their requests for him to stop resisting. Suttles has filed a lawsuit against the City of Buffalo for use of excessive force. Suttles has been charged with criminal possession of a weapon, criminal contempt and harassment from arrests on September 8, 2019 and February 4, 2020.