Shirtless New York Supreme Court justice shoved and threatened a police officer and said he is friends with the mayor as the cop tried to put handcuffs on his wife during a neighbour dispute
A judge from New York state's Supreme Court has been caught on camera shoving a police officer during an altercation.
A shirtless Justice Mark Grisanti appeared to name drop an influential acquaintance and mentioned that he had some family members in the police force in an apparent attempt to avoid arrest.
Grisanti was handcuffed and placed in the back of a police care along with his wife Maria following a tense exchange with officers who had been called in a dispute between the couple and neighbours.
No charges were filed following the incident on June 23.
In the footage, taken by police body cameras, Grisanti can be seen pushing a member of the Buffalo Police Department.
The judge goes on to say 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.'
'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 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.
The intervening officer 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 then 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.'
At that point, the officer that had been trying to keep Grisanti calm criticised the judge for his name dropping and put him 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.
'You want to say, 'I know all these coppers, I know all these things?' You want to make us look dirty? Is that what you want to do?' he adds.
The officer begins shouting at Grisanti, calling him an 'old geezer,' before asking Grisanti how it must look to his neighbours when he name drops and expects special treatment.
The judge then begins apologising.
Later in the footage, Justice Grisanti is seen in the back of a police car talking to a detective on speakerphone who he appears to know.
Several weeks after the incident, Erie County District Attorney John Flynn's office said that, after a review of the footage, no one involved would be charged over the incident.
Police Captain Jeff Rinaldo told WKBW that the officers' decided not to charge Grisanti because he 'didn't tackle anyone, he didn't punch him - he gave him, like, a shoulder shove.'
Mayor Brown, who Grisanti mentioned during the altercation with police in the summer, issued a statement through a spokesman, saying he would not get involved.
'It has been, and remains, my policy as Mayor not to interfere in any police investigation,' Brown said.
'I have not spoken to the Buffalo Police Department, District Attorney Flynn, or Judge Grisanti regarding this matter.
'I believe that the District Attorney's office is in the best position to determine the appropriate course of action.'
A spokesman for Mayor Byron W. Brown issued a statement to the station saying he wouldn't get involved.
This is the second time an incident involving Grisanti and his wife has hit the news.
WKBW reported that in 2012 the judge was injured in a scuffle at the Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls while he was a state senator.
He said he and his wife had been attacked and beaten in a confrontation with members of the Seneca Nation of Indians.
Grisanti was appointed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to the Court of Claims in 2015.
Prior to that, he had been a Republican State Senator before losing his seat in 2014 after losing to attorney Kevin Stocker in the party's primary.
Justice Grisanti is yet to comment on the incident, which came to light after a Freedom of Information Request released the footage.