Bradford Commissioners: Statement on Leone Protests

By WBNG News

June 29, 2012 Updated Nov 25, 2013 at 6:02 PM EDT

Towanda, PA (WBNG Binghamton) The lawsuit brought against Pennsylvania State Police for brutality brings hundreds of supporters of Robert Leone, 33, of Vestal to the Bradford County Courthouse.

The day long event Friday was organized as a peaceful demonstration.

A lawsuit filed in federal court claims state troopers repeatedly beat, tasered and berated Leone during his arrest in 2010.

His family provided the media and others with police recorded video of the arrest after a low speed pursuit on Route 6 in Bradford County.

Leone was convicted of four charges and is in the Bradford County Correctional Facility.

The Bradford County Commissioners released the following statement:

"The Bradford County Commissioners are certainly concerned about any allegations of inappropriate treatment inflicted on any individual involved in the criminal justice system. The Commissioners recognize that there are two sides to every story and a pending Federal Lawsuit should answer some of those questions. However, the County’s sole involvement in this matter is their legal obligation to incarcerate prisoners who have been remanded to their facilities through the court system by a District Magistrate or a County Judge."

"The Bradford County Correctional facility treats all individuals incarcerated the same. All individuals in the County Correctional facility are paroled and/or released as part of the judicial system. The County Commissioners have no legal authority to release any individual from the prison without a Court Order or authorization from the State Probation and Parole Board. Inquiries regarding the circumstances of Mr. Leone’s arrest should be directed to the arresting agency, the Pennsylvania State Police."