A judge from New York state's Supreme Court has been caught on camera shoving a police officer and allegedly trying to use his powerful connections to stop his wife being arrested.
Officers were called out to Justice Mark Grisanti's Buffalo home on June 23 following reports of a dispute between himself, his wife and their neighbors, named as Joseph, 65, and Gina Mele, 53, over a parking space. No charges were filed following the incident on June 23.
Bodycam footage, released by Buffalo Police Department after an FOI request by WKBW, captured the moment officers arrived to find a shirtless Grisanti, a former state senator, and his agitated wife Maria.
Video shows him appearing to push one of the officers while mentioning his friendship with the local mayor, seemingly in an attempt to persuade the cops to let them go.
New York Supreme Court Justice Mark Grisanti got into an altercation with Buffalo police officers outside his home this summer following a dispute with neighbors
'Maam, if you don't stop yelling, this is going to be a problem for you': Maria Grisanti was warned by police to stop shouting before an officer attempted to handcuff her
Officers were called out to the Grisanti's Buffalo home on June 23. The couple is pictured
The judge explains he is 'good friends' with Mayor Byron Brown and that his son-in-law and daughter are both on the force, the video published by WKBW showed.
Grisanti's wife can be heard shouting in the beginning of the footage and is told by an officer: 'Maam, if you don't stop yelling, this is going to be a problem for you.'
Officers were called out to Justice Mark Grisanti's (pictured) Buffalo, New York, home on June 23
'I don't care,' the woman responds, after which the officer moves to arrest her.
A scuffle ensues amid an exchange of foul language as the officer attempts to place handcuffs on Maria Grisanti.
Justice Grisanti becomes involved when his wife is brought to the ground, telling the officer attempting to arrest her: 'You better get your hands off my f***ing wife.'
Another officer - named as Richard Hy - intervenes, telling Grisanti, who has began listing his connections: 'You are not going to fight a cop.'
'If you don't get the cuffs off her right now, you're going to have a problem,' the judge says.
He attempts to defuse the increasingly tense situation and calm Justice Grisanti.
The judge then apparently makes a phone call to his police officer daughter.
Grisanti later offers what he calls 'constructive criticism', telling the police officer that he used unnecessary force when handcuffing his wife.
The police officer reminds Grisanti that he has a body camera, to which the judge responds: 'I don't care about your camera.'
A scuffle ensued as an officer attempted to handcuff Maria Grisanti, who was brought to the ground during the incident
Mark Grisanti (above shirtless) attempted to intervene when he saw an officer handcuffing his wife but was held back by another policeman
In a tense exchange, Grisanti shoved one of the police officers and told them to 'get your hands off my f***king wife'. The couple is pictured
At that point, Hy criticized the judge for his name dropping and put the judge in handcuffs.
'Let me give you some constructive criticism. You want to drop another copper's name? You scream about how you… know the mayor? Why don't you shut the f**k up!?' the officer says.
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