By Keith McShea
St. Joe's today issued a statement to The News by president Robert T. Scott concerning varsity football coach Dennis R. Gilbert.
Gilbert, a Buffalo police officer, is one of the six officers who have been placed on administrative leave as part of the department's internal investigation into an alleged case of police brutality that came to light via a YouTube video.
LATEST (updated Tuesday evening): Police officials say Gilbert and two other officers walked away before the beating occurred and did not witness it. Those three officers may soon be exonerated.
The full statement from Scott:
"We are aware that Mr. Gilbert has been placed on administrative leave along with five other Buffalo Police officers who were allegedly present at the incident occurring on April 19. It is our understanding that this action is standard practice for an Internal Affairs Division investigation.
"While St. Joe’s does not have any information to conclude that Mr. Gilbert acted inappropriately, we are monitoring this situation and will defer any action until the investigation is complete."
Gilbert, a 1984 graduate of the Kenmore Avenue school, is 29-15 in four seasons at St. Joe's, including a Monsignor Martin Association championship in his first season (2010). St. Joe's also played in the championship game in 2011 (losing to St. Francis) and this past season (losing to Canisius).
Gilbert was previously a longtime JV coach for St. Joe's (16 titles in 20 years) and he was the head coach at St. Mary's for the 2007 season.
He was a former football standout for the Marauders as well as a Canisius College graduate who was elected to the St. Joe's Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.
Gilbert recently appeared in The News as part of Jerry Sullivan's April 16 column on 2012 St. Joe's graduate Chad Kelly.