Rochester Police Officer Michael Sippel fired after assault conviction

June 13, 2019 04:29 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) --  The Rochester Police officer found guilty of beating an innocent man has been fired as a result of his conviction. 

In the bench trial, Judge Thomas Morse found Michael Sippel guilty of third-degree assault. 

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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.

Interim Chief La'Ron D. 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."


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