On July 23, 2019, after four years of litigation and two jury trials in the United States District Court for the Western District of New York, Mr. Connors and Mr. Romano obtained a “Not Guilty” verdict on the fourth and final count of a Superseding Indictment accusing Buffalo Police Officer Corey R. Krug of criminal excessive force in a 2014 incident caught on video by a WKBW Channel 7 news reporter.
Officer Krug, a decorated 18-year veteran of the Buffalo Police Department, was accused of violating the civil rights of three men through use of excessive force in three separate incidents – in 2010, 2011, and on Thanksgiving Day in 2014 – and allegedly falsifying a police report relating to the 2010 incident.
Mr. Connors and Mr. Romano previously obtained an acquittal on the three charges tied to the 2010 and 2011 incidents, but the jury was deadlocked on the fourth charge tied to the 2014 excessive force allegation, in the first jury trial in February.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office retried the fourth count on July 16, 2019. After a week-long trial, the jury reached a unanimous verdict, acquitting Officer Krug of the fourth and final charge of the Superseding Indictment.
Officer Krug is looking forward to getting back to work and rebuilding his reputation and career with the Buffalo Police Department.