Judge: Former deputy violated man’s civil rights during arrest outside Highmark Stadium

Orchard Park

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) — A judge has ruled that a former Erie County Sheriff’s deputy violated a man’s civil rights during a 2017 arrest.

Kenneth Achtyl was convicted of assaulting a fan outside Highmark Stadium. He later resigned from the Sheriff’s Office.

The victim, Nicholas Belsito, was left injured with a bloody face. A widely-viewed video was at the center of Achtyl’s assault trial.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Roemer ruled that Achtyl violated Belsito’s civil rights because of an unlawful arrest and seizure.

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