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      Charges against man with disabilities tased on Centro bus dropped

      Brad Hulett
      Charges against a man with disabilities who was tased and dragged off Centro bus were dropped at a 2:00 p.m. Syracuse City Court appearance. The District Attorney said there was no probable cause for his arrest.

      Hulett was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct on May 3. Hulett refused to sit down on a Cento bus when a driver asked him to. Hulett says that due to his disabilities, it is much more comfortable for him to stand on a bus and that Centro buses are designed to accommodate standing passengers.

      When Hulett refused to sit, the bus driver called in two Syracuse Police officers. Surveillance video from Centro shows Hulett being tased after he refused to sit down. Officers then dragged Hulett off the bus and took him to the Justice Center.

      Hulett??s attorney, Rick Guy, says Hulett??s hip was broken during the incident and that the Justice Center did not provide proper medical care. Hulett was taken to Upstate University Hospital early the next day and his hip was immediately operated on.

      "If it weren't for the video, Brad would be just like so many other victims of excessive force," said Guy.

      In a statement issued Thursday, Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick said, "After a thorough review of all the facts and circumstances in this case, we have concluded that there is insufficient evidence to sustain either charge against Mr. Hulett. This is a purely legal decision, based upon the available evidence and the law and it is consistent with our legal and ethical obligations to ensure justice."

      Fitzpatrick also said he is troubled by the surveillance video and what he called inconsistencies in the police reports.

      "It doesn??t help that the ??Use of Force?? Report was not generated until after a story about this incident appeared in the Post Standard on August 1, 2013," said Fitzpatrick in the statement.

      Guy has filed notices of claim against the City of Syracuse, Centro and Onondaga County.

      "Hopefully I can stop it from happening to someone who it would have a lot more of an impact on," said Hulett.

      Guy had previously met with Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick about the incident and said he was hopeful Fitzpatrick would investigate the reports filed by police and compare them with what is seen and heard on the Centro video recording.