Free Leone Protest in Bradford County
Nearly 70 people came out to show support for Robert Leone, the man whose 2010 arrest is drawing a lot of attention after video of his alleged beating surfaced online.
June 29, 2012
Towanda (WENY) - Nearly 70 people came out to show support for Robert Leone, the man whose 2010 arrest is drawing a lot of attention after video of his alleged beating surfaced online. Protesters are looking for retrial and ultimately want to see Leone walk free. People came from far way to help protest for Robert Leone at the Bradford County courthouse in Towanda this afternoon and it all started with a facebook group. Leone is currently in jail, serving his sentence on a number of charges after a low speed car chase in 2010, But dash cam video showing state troopers allegedly beating Leone after the chase has sparked outrage and the people today say they will fight until he is freed.
Michael Kitner watched the video Sunday, showing Robert Leone being arrested by police in March 2010. He was so angry about what he saw, he started a facebook group, called "Freedom and Justice for Robert Charles Leone." The facebook group is growing every day and so are the views for the video, which is going viral. Since Sunday, the video went from 2-thousand to 65 thousand views, and has many calling for justice in what they're labeling as police brutality.
“A guy just ordered pizza from poppa V's down here, he's from Indiana it'll be here anytime. Just a lot of support from all over the country,” says Kitner.
Both Leone's parents Joan and Frank attended the rally. His mother spoke about what Robert told her last night on the phone.
“Last night he was telling me this is the first time, you know what mom I feel my soul healing because of what's happening.”
His father Frank just wants to see his son again.
“My first concern is to free my son. I want to wrap my arms around my son and shout out "La familia" you're family and we will never desert you.”
Leone's parents are still fighting, they're filed a lawsuit against Towanda Borough, Pennsylvania State Police and the officers allegedly involved in the incident, claiming Robert's constitutional rights were violated. They're seeking $75,000, plus damages.