Updated: May 12, 2021 12:20 PM
Created: May 12, 2021 11:39 AM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Christopher Pate, a Rochester man who was assaulted by a police officer during an arrest in 2018 pleaded not guilty to assault charges.
Pate is accused of attacking a man with a razor blade and a hammer back in October. At his arraignment Wednesday morning a judge also issued an order of protection for the man Pate is accused of assaulting.
Right now, Pate is being held in the Monroe County Jail for separate assault and robbery charges. In that incident, Police say 51-year-old Alicia Saladyga was assaulted and robbed in her hotel room. At the time, she was hospitalized, but her condition worsened and she succumbed to her injuries on April 22.
Pate is currently suing the City of Rochester, Rochester Police Department, the former officer convicted of assaulting him, Michael Sippel, and other members of the department.
Sippel was convicted of misdemeanor assault and is serving a sentence of three years probation for hitting Pate in the face during the incident, causing a facial fracture.
His next court date for the October case will be on July 21.
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