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Sentencing for former RPD officer postponed until August

Sentencing for former RPD officer postponed until August

July 11, 2019 02:37 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The sentencing of a former Rochester police officer who was convicted of assault has been postponed until next month.

Michael Sippel will now be sentenced Aug. 16 at 1:30 p.m.. Sentencing was previously scheduled for July 25.

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In May, a judge found Sippel guilty of third-degree misdemeanour assault. Sippel beat, tased and handcuffed Christopher Pate during a May 2018 arrest after he and Officer Spenser McAvoy had wrongly identified Pate as a wanted suspect.

Sippel was fired from the police department as a result of his conviction. 

Earlier this week, the City of Rochester released additional body camera video of when the officers approached Pate on Bloss Street after mistaking him for a wanted suspect. 

McAvoy was not criminally charged. The Rochester Police Department is still conducting its own investigation into McAvoy's action.

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