GRAPHIC VIDEO WARNING: More body camera video released from aftermath of Christopher Pate arrest

July 08, 2019 10:27 PM

GRAPHIC VIDEO WARNING: The video above contains images and audio that viewers may find disturbing.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) -- The City of Rochester released additional body-worn camera footage Monday showing the altercation between a Rochester man and police. 


Back in May, a judge found Officer Michael Sippel guilty of third-degree assault for beating an innocent man.

Both the prosecution and defense agreed that Sippel and another officer approached Christopher Pate on Bloss Street last May after mistaking him for a wanted suspect. Prosecutors said Sippel beat, tased and handcuffed Pate even though he showed the officers his ID, proving he wasn't the suspect.

During the bench trial, a judge allowed portions of body-worn camera video that showed the altercation between Pate and the two police officers. On Monday afternoon, the city released a video that shows more of what happened. 

Sippel was later fired as a result of his conviction. 

The other officer in the video, Spenser McAvoy, was not criminally charged. At last check, the Rochester Police Department is still conducting its own investigation.

In June, Chief La'Ron Singletary released the following statement in regards to Sippel's termination from the Rochester Police Department: 

"The Men and Women of the Rochester Police Department do a tremendous job protecting and serving the citizens of Rochester each and every day. I remain steadfast in supporting the officers of this department who go out and place their lives on the line for this community. As a department, we remain committed to working with our residents to strengthen police-community relations and further improve the safety of our City for all."

Watch the full video released below. GRAPHIC VIDEO REMINDER: This video contains images and audio that viewers may find disturbing.


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