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Victim in police brutality case sues the city, convicted officer, other members of RPD

August 06, 2019 05:20 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) -- The Rochester man assaulted during an arrest in May of 2018 is now suing the city and the officer convicted in his assault in addition to other members of the Rochester Police Department. 

A judge found Rochester Police Officer Michael Sippel guilty of third-degree assault for beating Christopher Pate. 

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Sippel and another officer approached Pate on Bloss Street 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.

Sippel was later fired as a result of his conviction. The other officer in the video, Spenser McAvoy, was not criminally charged.

The city released the following statement Tuesday in regards to the lawsuit: 

"The city will not comment on pending litigation in order to protect the interest of taxpayers."

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