Rochester police officer pleads not guilty in brutality case

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The Rochester police officer charged in a reported case of police brutality has entered a not guilty plea in court Thursday.

Officer Michael Sippel was indicted on assault in the third degree, a misdemeanor, for the attack of Christopher Pate.

In August, the police department said Officer Sippel and another officer pulled over Pate on Fulton Avenue in Rochester on May 5, after mistaking him for a wanted man.

But, even after Pate provided documents proving his identity, police say the officers persisted and Pate was attacked. He suffered fractures to his skull and jaw as a result.

Pate was then arrested for disorderly conduct. However, the charge was later dismissed in court.

When body camera footage of the incident was reviewed, police suspended both officers. However, only Officer Sippel was indicted by the grand jury.

Officer Sippel will return to court in January.

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