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Suspended Buffalo Police Officer Corey Krug faces third charge of using excessive force

Suspended Buffalo Police Officer Corey R. Krug, already facing two separate charges of using excessive force, has now been charged in a third incident.

A federal grand jury has indicted Krug, 40, in connection with a Feb. 4, 2011, incident that prosecutors say caused bodily harm to a person identified in court papers as “D.R.”

The victim is believed to be Daniel A. Rashada, 42, of Buffalo, who filed a civil suit against Krug after the incident and later settled out of court with the City of Buffalo.

Prosecutors said they could not confirm the victim’s identity but described the allegations against Krug as serious.

“He’s alleged to have used excessive force to cause bodily harm,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney John E. Rogowski.

In his 2011 civil suit, Rashada said Krug singled him out while he was walking from work to his home on Bissell Avenue that day in 2011. He also said Krug wanted to know where he was going and seemed aggravated or irritated by his answer.

Rashada also contends that at one point, Krug ordered him to spread his arms and legs against the car and then kicked his leg to one side, forcing him to fall backward and hit his head on the ground.

The officer, according to the suit, then turned Rashada onto his stomach and cuffed his hands behind his back.

“Krug then struck plaintiff in the face with his flashlight, causing swelling and a scar,” the suit says.

Rashada says Krug and another officer tried to cover up their actions by falsely accusing him of drug possession. He says the charges were later dismissed. Court papers indicate that Rashada settled his case with the city in September 2014, but it’s not clear whether money was part of it.

The new indictment against Krug also includes allegations connected to his Thanksgiving Day 2014 encounter on West Chippewa Street with Devin Ford, of Lackawanna. Krug had been previously accused in a criminal complaint regarding that incident.

Late last month, federal investigators announced that Krug had been indicted for using excessive force in an August 2010 arrest on Langmeyer Avenue.

Krug will be arraigned on the new charges of deprivation of rights under color of law Tuesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder. If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison on each charge.

The new indictment is the result of an investigation by the FBI and Buffalo police. Terrence M. Connors, Krug’s defense lawyer, declined to comment Thursday.

email: pfairbanks@buffnews.com