A shirtless New York State Supreme Court judge was caught by police cameras bumping into a Buffalo cop and severing ties with officials during a brawl this summer.
Judge Marc Grizanti and his wife, Maria, were handcuffed and placed in the back of police cruisers – although no charges were filed in the June 23 incident.
The camera footage, obtained by WKBW at the request of the Freedom of Information Act, shows that Grizanti pushes the cop and then mentions that he is friends with Mayor Byron Brown and that his son-in-law and daughter are in power, apparently seeking leniency.
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The incident stems from a dispute the couple had with neighbors. Body camera footage from the station opens to show cops talking to neighbors as Maria yells at them across the street.
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“I don’t care,” cried Maria Grizanti.
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At that moment, the officer moved to arrest Maria. As he tries to handcuff her, Mark can be seen shouting at the officer as he approaches from behind and pushes him away.
Then another policeman on stage grabs Mark by the arm, saying, “Keep your hands away from the cop.”
“You better get off than my wife,” shouts Mark Grizanti. “Both my daughter and my son are Buffalo cops … I’ll call them right away.”
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The former state senator later offered what he called “constructive criticism”, telling the cop who undertook to arrest his wife that he had not been called to use force.
Then another officer intervened and began to reprimand Grizanti for giving up his name.
“Let me give you constructive criticism. Want to omit the name of another honey? You’re screaming about how … you know the mayor? Why not close fk !? Says the cop before moving to handcuff him as he calls Mark an “old maniac.”
You mean, “I know all these coppers, do I know all these things?” “You want to make us look dirty?” Is that what you want to do? The policeman asks as he cuffs the judge. “So how do I help you now ?? … Tell me how I can help you !?”
Erie County District Attorney’s Office John Flynn announced a few weeks later that it had reviewed the clash and would not charge anyone.
Police Captain Jeff Rinaldo told the station that police had decided not to charge Grizanti because he “did not fight anyone, did not punch him – he shoved him in the shoulder.”
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A spokesman for Mayor Byron W. Brown issued a statement to the station saying he would not join.
“My policy as mayor has been and remains not to interfere in any police investigation,” Brown said. “I have not spoken to the Buffalo Police Department, District Attorney Flynn or Judge Grizanti about this. I believe that the district prosecutor’s office is in the best position to determine the appropriate course of action. “
Grizanti, a Republican, lost his Senate seat in 2014 when attorney Kevin Stoker defeated him in the Republican primary.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo nominated Grizanti in the lawsuit in 2015.
This article first appeared in the New York Post.