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Retired Buffalo police officer faces new charges

One of the Buffalo police officers charged with using excessive force during an incident seven years ago is in trouble with the law again.

Gregory Kwiatkowski, a retired lieutenant, was arrested last month in Montague, a small rural community southwest of Watertown, and charged with driving while intoxicated and refusing to take a breathalyzer test.

The charges, according to prosecutors, followed an accident involving two ATVs and the possible use of alcohol.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Catherine Baumgarten, during a court appearance Friday, pointed to the accident and asked the court to impose new conditions on Kwiatkowski’s continued release while his federal case is pending.

“I would require there be a no-alcohol condition,” Baumgarten told U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny.

Skretny agreed and warned Kwiatkowski to avoid any more trouble.

“If there are any further violations, you will face revocation of your release,” the judge told him.

Kwiatkowski and two other officers, Raymond Krug and Joseph Wendel, are defendants in a criminal prosecution charging them with violating the civil rights of four teenagers who were 17 and 18 at the time of the incident on Treehaven Road in Buffalo.

All three officers are accused of using excessive force, and all three have pleaded not guilty.

Justin D. Ginter, one of Kwiatkowski’s defense lawyers, declined to comment.