Robert Leone Update
A recent video showing Pennsylvania State Police allegedly beating a Vestal man after he led them on a low-speed chase in 2010 has not persuaded the Bradford County District Attorney to investigate further.
July 20, 2012
Bradford Co. (WENY) - A recent video showing Pennsylvania State Police allegedly beating a Vestal man after he led them on a low-speed chase in 2010 has not persuaded the Bradford County District Attorney to investigate further. Bradford county district attorney Dan Barrett said the reason he isn't doing an investigation is because there's nothing to investigate. The Youtube video, with more than 300,000 hits, showing Robert Leone allegedly being beaten by police sparked weekly protests on the steps of the Bradford County Courthouse. Again today, people gathered outside with signs, calling for Leone to be freed from jail. District Attorney Barrett says the video was part of Leone's initial trial. He says there's no new evidence or eyewitnesses to bring forward information that would lead him to investigate the trooper's actions.
“In the court room witnesses cant guess they have to be people who were at the scene or people who know what they're saying,” says Barrett. “In a courtroom each side can present what it can and the jury or the court gets to hear the whole case not just what one side wants to present.”
Robert Leone's parents are suing multiple agencies involved in the arrest, including State Police, Towanda Borough, and the officers involved. Leone is currently 2.5 years into a 16 to 48 month jail sentence.