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Buffalo cell block attendant pleads not guilty to roughing up suspect

Matthew Jaskula pleaded not guilty Thursday.

Jaskula, the Buffalo cellblock attendant charged with roughing up a handcuffed suspect, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael J. Roemer and was ordered released on bail.

At the core of the federal case against him is the allegation that he instructed the handcuffed suspect to face a wall, grabbed him from behind and then shoved him face-first into a door.

Prosecutors says Jaskula’s actions, caught on jailhouse cameras, caused the victim to hit his face on the door and, while falling to the ground, strike his face on the ledge of a shelf before hitting the floor face-first.

After the victim became limp and unresponsive, Jaskula grabbed him again and, this time, dragged him 10 to 15 feet down a hallway to an open cell, according to court papers. The papers indicate the suspect was bleeding profusely and, while being dragged into the room, hit his head hit on the door frame, causing more blood to spill on the floor.

Jaskula later placed the victim in a restraint chair used for uncooperative prisoners and left him, without medical treatment for his facial injuries, for about an hour and 45 minutes, according to prosecutors.

Defense lawyer Paul Dell declined comment after Thursday’s arraignment.

Jaskula, 26, is charged with deprivation of rights under color of law and faces a maximum of 10 years in prison.

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