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Lawsuit Filed Against Police Department; City of Oneonta

By Alice Maggiore

Lawsuit Filed Against Police Department; City of Oneonta

July 5, 2011 Updated Oct 30, 2013 at 6:06 AM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) According to a lawsuit filed in federal district court, a man is unfairly pulled over, beaten and denied medical treatment. Now, Bradford Shanks, 39, is seeking $12 million dollars in restitution.

The lawsuit filed June 27, claims Shanks was violently beaten outside the Oneonta Police Station on January 28, after being unfairly pulled over.

It says that when Shanks walked toward the station to talk to a supervisor, he tripped, and fell to the ground. It alleges Officer Michael Breen jumped on top of him, placed him in a choke hold and punched him in the head and eye inflicting "significant injury and substantial pain." This, as at least two other officers stood by and did not take action.

The lawsuit also claims Shanks was repeatedly denied medical treatment following the alleged incident.

It names Officers Michael Breen, Derrick Kruser, Brian Cetnar, ten other police officers -- whose identity is unknown -- the Oneonta Police Department and the city.

Shanks and attorney Bryan Konoski are also requesting a jury to hear the case.

When contacted Tuesday evening, Oneonta Mayor Dick Miller said he hadn't seen a copy of the lawsuit.

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