Pending Lawsuit Against City of Oneonta

By Leigh Dana

Pending Lawsuit Against City of Oneonta

March 29, 2011 Updated Oct 30, 2013 at 6:03 AM EDT

Oneonta, NY (WBNG Binghamton) New allegations about a police brutality claim in Oneonta is revealed in notice of claim filed for a civil rights lawsuit. Click here to see the complete notice of claim.

The notice states 39-year-old Bradford Shanks had been the target of harassment by Officer Michael Breen.

Shanks attorney says Breen stopped him across from the city police station in January.

The claim states Shanks decided to seek help from a supervisor and tripped while walking to the station.

It states Breen jumped on and beat him while other officers refused to help and alleges Shanks was denied adequate medical care.

"We're hoping to raise the eyebrow of the politicians in Oneonta and have them step up and do something," said Shank's attorney, Bryan Konoski. "We want a change in the system so the people, the citizens, deserve a police department they can count on."

The claim names the city of Oneonta, the Police Department, Otsego County, Breen and the former Police Chief Joseph Redmond. Redmond resigned following an report by an independent investigator.

Konoski plans on filing a Federal lawsuit 30 days from Tuesday. The city has not had any immediate comment.

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