1 year of probation for former Buffalo officer after suspect beating probe

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BUFFALO, New York — A former Buffalo police officer convicted on federal civil rights charges related to the videotaped beating of a handcuffed suspect has been sentenced to a year of probation.

U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced the sentencing of John Cirulli on Monday. Cirulli had pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts after the incident on the night of April 19.

Prosecutors say Cirulli struck the handcuffed suspect in the head and kicked his body.

The incident was recorded by a bystander. Buffalo's police commissioner and Mayor Byron Brown were later emailed copies of the video.

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