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Suspended cop pleads not guilty to third charge of excessive force

Suspended Buffalo Police Officer Corey R. Krug pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a new charge of excessive force, the third now pending against him.

Krug, 40, was indicted by a federal grand jury 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, according to sources close to the case, is Daniel A. Rashada, 42, of Buffalo.

Rashada filed a civil suit against Krug a few months after the incident and last year settled out of court with the city.

Defense lawyer Terrence M. Connors acknowledged the alleged incident but suggested it be put in the context of Krug’s 12-year career with the Buffalo police and his reputation for working some of the city’s toughest beats.

“There are now three events in a 12-year history and after more than 1,000 arrests,” Connors told reporters.

More than a dozen Buffalo police officers were in the courtroom Tuesday to support Krug.

Rashada, in his suit against the officer, said Krug singled him out while he was walking from work to his home on Bissell Avenue that day in 2011.

Krug wanted to know where he was going, he said, and seemed annoyed by his answer. Rashada also contends that Krug ordered him to spread his arms and legs against the car and then kicked his leg to one side, forcing him to fall back and hit his head on the ground.

Krug, according to the suit, then turned Rashada onto his stomach, cuffed his hands behind his back and struck him in the face with his flashlight, causing swelling and a scar.

Krug and another officer, according to court papers, tried to cover up their actions by falsely accusing him of drug possession. Rashada says the charges were later dismissed.

Court papers indicate that Rashada settled his case with the city last September.

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 was previously accused in a criminal complaint in that incident.

Last month, Krug was indicted in another incident, this one in August 2010.

Krug was 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 faces up to 10 years in prison on each charge.