After eight days of deliberations, a jury on Tuesday acquitted Buffalo Police Officer Corey Krug of three of the four charges against him and deadlocked on the final charge.
The verdict, which came after a two-week trial, means the 18-year police veteran has been cleared of using excessive force in two of the three incidents at the center of the civil rights prosecution.
United States Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. released the following statement:
“The defendant, like every person on the street, is guaranteed certain rights under our Constitution. Among those rights are the rights to due process and a fair trial. The defendant exercised his constitutional rights and the jury acquitted him on three counts. That is the way our Constitution and our system of justice are supposed to work.”
We accept the jury’s verdict, and we will be seeking an immediate retrial of the defendant on Count 4 of the Superseding Indictment.”