Police Brutality Lawsuit: What Leone Says Happened After Initial Arrest

By Adam Chick

June 27, 2012 Updated Jun 28, 2012 at 7:14 PM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Earlier you saw portions of a cruiser cam video that a lawsuit says shows Robert Leone of Vestal beaten by Pennsylvania State troopers.

But according to Leone's lawsuit the force used by police at the scene of his arrest was just the beginning.

That lawsuit filed in March says Robert Leone sustained more injuries at the hospital in addition to what he says troopers inflicted on him on Route 6 in Bradford County.

The lawsuit claims State Troopers did not allow EMS personnel to treat Leone on the scene.

"(EMS) Think you're going to make it? You going to make it? You think you're going to make it? (Leone) What? Yeah. (EMS) You're going to make it? OK. He's gotta go to the hospital."

The lawsuit says troopers wouldn't even allow Leone to be transported by an ambulance.

Instead, it was Trooper Scott Renfer who rode in the ambulance from the scene after he broke his hand while allegedly raining blow after blow on Leone's head.

Leone was taken to the hospital by police, hogtied in the back of the police vehicle.

"He has excruciating pains to this day... the inside of his head.. He said it's inside, it's not a headache. The inside of my head, it goes down the neck, down the right side of his ribs, to the front of the ribs. He said in the beginning they had to physically pick him up off the slab because he could not move himself," said Joan Leone.

After an initial trip to the hospital, the lawsuit claims Leone was brought back to the Towanda State Police Barracks where he was shot with tazers, pepper sprayed, and beaten again.

He was then taken to the hospital for a second time and treated for a rough cut on his right eyelid, and wound repairs to his face, ears, and nose.

It's believed by Leone's family that authorities want to keep their son imprisoned for the maximum four years in an attempt to let the statute of limitations against the troopers involved run out meaning the troopers involved couldn't be held responsible.

"The corruption in PA is so widespread that they're going to keep him in for four years. Because they have no intention of letting him out because he's going to be speaking about what's happened to him," Joan Leone said.