BUFFALO, NY – Attorneys for a Buffalo police officer, facing excessive force charges, believe prosecutors handling the case have unfairly piled on accusations against the officer.
Corey Krug, who is currently suspended with pay, faces three civil rights charges. They include a case that dates back to 2010, when Krug allegedly used excessive force on an individual and allegedly filled out a false report and a second excessive force case in 2011.
Krug is also accused of depriving a man of his rights, and using excessive force during an incident on Chippewa Street on Thanksgiving of 2014.
Terry Connors, the attorney for Krug, argued Thursday in court that federal prosecutors are unfairly using a tactical advantage in pursuing the 2010 and 2011 cases. Prosecutors charged these cases shortly before the statute of limitations expired and Connors says Buffalo Police and federal authorities had knowledge of the matters far before the expiration of the statute of limitations.
A judge still needs to rule on whether he believes the previous cases cause "prejudice, harm or give the government an unfair tactical advantage." A determination could be made in the next 30 days.
A prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's Office argued that investigators looked into Krug's past after the 2014 incident, and only then learned of additional potential issues.
Connors says Krug is willing to go to trial, even though there is video of the Thanksgiving incident, which was captured by a local news station. The video shows Krug using a baton striking a man on the ground. The alleged victim in this case, told officials he heard another officer tell Krug to stop.