Vestal Man Suing PA State Police For Alleged Beating

By Adam Chick

Vestal Man Suing PA State Police For Alleged Beating

June 27, 2012 Updated Jun 28, 2012 at 1:30 AM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A Vestal man is suing the Pennsylvania State Police after he said he was physically beaten, tazed and verbally assaulted over the course of nine hours while in their custody.

A video supposedly showing most of the incident was posted to YouTube.

Robert Leone, 31, of Vestal said he was subjected to hours of beatings and electrical shocks by Pennsylvania state troopers.

Leone's mugshot looks like he's been in a fight. But it was a fight he said he did nothing to bring on.

The nine-hour ordeal that took place in Bradford County is detailed in a lengthy lawsuit that claims a horrific tale of police brutality.

In the cruiser dash cam video obtained by Action News, you can clearly hear a state trooper yelling at Leone:
"Do you know who you're messing with? This is the Pennsylvania State Police."

Leone's mother gave us a chilling account of her first contact with her son after his arrest.

"They put him on the phone and he starts screaming that he has been beaten within an inch of his life. They tried to kill him through the night. He has been threatened that they are going to kill him and make it look like a suicide or an accident. That these guys are crazy and you've got to get me out of here, they've been beating me. And the minute they said that, they pulled the phone from him and I was disconnected," Joan Leone said.

We reached out to the Towanda State Police barracks but they declined comment.

Leone's lawyers have yet to determine an amount they are seeking in damages.

Bradford County District Attorney Dan Barrett said Leone had abusive levels of the stimulant drug Adderall in his system at the time of his arrest.

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