A shirtless judge on the New York State Supreme Court was caught by police cameras pushing a Buffalo police officer and severing ties with officials during an altercation earlier this summer.
Judge Mark Grisanti and his wife Maria were handcuffed and placed on the backs of police cruisers – although no charges were brought in connection with the June 23 incident.
The body camera footage the WKBW received at the request of the Freedom of Information Law shows Grisanti pushing the police officer and then mentioning that he is friends with Mayor Byron Brown and that his son-in-law and daughter are both on duty and apparently strive for indulgence.
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The incident arose out of the couple̵
“Maam, if you keep screaming, this will be a problem for you,” replied a Buffalo policeman.
“I don’t care,” cried Maria Grisanti.
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At this point, the officer tries to arrest Maria. When he tries to handcuff her, Mark can be seen yelling at the officer as he comes from behind and pushes him.
Another officer at the scene grabs Mark by the arm and says, “Keep your hands off a cop.”
“You’d better get away from my wife,” calls out Mark Grisanti. “My daughter and son are both Buffalo cops … I’ll give you a call.”
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The former senator later offers what he calls “constructive criticism” and tells the police officer who tried to arrest his wife that his use of force was inappropriate.
Another officer enters and berates Grisanti for losing his name.
“Let me offer constructive criticism. Want to drop another copper’s name? You shout about how you know … the mayor? Why don’t you shut up says the policeman, before moving in to handcuff him, calling Mark an “old geezer”.
“You mean to say, ‘I know all of this copper, I know all of these things?’ You want to make us look dirty? You want to do that? “Asks the officer as he handcuffs the judge. “So how do I help you now? … tell me how can I help you?”
The Erie District Attorney’s office, John Flynn, announced several weeks later that it had been reviewing the altercation and would not blame anyone.
Police captain Jeff Rinaldo told the station that officers had decided not to charge Grisanti for “not attacking anyone, not hitting him – he gave him a shoulder blow”.
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A spokesman for Mayor Byron W. Brown made a statement to the station that he would not interfere.
“It was and is my policy as mayor not to interfere in a police investigation,” said Brown. “I have not spoken to the Buffalo Police Department, District Attorney Flynn, or Judge Grisanti about this matter. I believe the prosecution is in the best position to determine the appropriate course of action. “
Republican Grisanti lost his Senate seat in 2014 when attorney Kevin Stocker beat him in Republican elementary school.
Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed Grisanti to the Court of Claims in 2015.
This article first appeared in the New York Post.