WBLK Buffalo Local News Headlines: 11-30-17
Here are your WBLK Buffalo Local News Headlines for Thursday, November 30, 2017:
Buffalo Cop Charged w/ Two Counts of Third-Degree Assault...Will Face Supreme Court:
A Buffalo Police OPfficer is in hot water for assaulting a person inside the city lock-up. 32 Year-Old Joseph Hassett, is charged with two counts of third-degree assault along with charges for official misconduct and offering a false instrument for filing and for making a false written statement.
According to News Reports Hassett was recorded on camera assaulting a person suspected arrested on drug charges. The suspect had to be taken to ECMC for head injuries which needed stitches.
Hassett's attorney Timothy W. Hoover made this statement following the charges:.
“Joe Hassett is a decorated Buffalo Police Officer who serves the City of Buffalo and its citizens proudly and with honor. He is innocent, because he did nothing wrong, his limited use of force was entirely justified, and he did not falsify anything. We firmly and respectfully believe that wherever and whenever his trial takes place, he will be acquitted of all charges.”
“We asked for a speedy trial, which was set to begin in Buffalo City Court on November 30. There had been months of litigation, the expenditure of extensive judicial resources on the case, and extensive preparation by Officer Hassett for trial. Forty-eight hours before the trial started, without any advance notice to Judge Fiorella or Officer Hassett, and without providing Officer Hassett the opportunity to testify before the grand jury, the District Attorney’s Office obtained an indictment on the same exact misdemeanor charges.”
“The same charges were filed three months ago. We are not aware of any instance where a misdemeanor indictment mechanism was used two days before trial, to prevent the trial from going forward. It is unusual if not unprecedented.”
“The District Attorney’s Office had the option to re-file the official misconduct charge before Judge Fiorella, so that the trial could promptly proceed before him on Thursday. It declined to do so.”
Tonawanda Man Charged w/ Giving Woman Crushed Opioid Pills Which caused Her To OD and Die:
Former Bill's Coach Rex Ryan Is Singing Like A Bird...Says He Was Told To Bench Tyrod Taylor By Bill's Owner Terry Pegula:
WHOA! Big News brewing after Former Bill's Coach Rex Ryan has spilled the beans, saying that he was told Buffalo Bill's Owner terry Pegula, to bench Tyrod Taylor at the end of last season...but when Ryan refused he was fired...according to News Reports.
35 Year-Old Female Teacher Accused of Inappropriate Contact with Child:
19 Year-Old Given 11 Years for Fatal Stabbing: