District Attorney considers request to drop charges against disabled man tased on Centro bus

Brad Hulett

Brad Hulett's attorney Rick Guy met with Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick for about a half hour Tuesday afternoon. Guy wants the prosecutor to drop charges of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct against his client.

In an incident on May 3rd that was captured on a surveillance camera, Hulett was tased by two Syracuse Police officers for refusing to sit down on a Centro bus.

During the incident, the officers tased Hulett twice, dragged him off the bus and at one point the police are seen dragging Hulett by one leg. Hulett says that's when he suffered a broken hip.

Hulett, who suffers from severe disabilities, told CNY Centralâ??s Jim Kenyon that because of his disabilities, he finds it more comfortable to stand. Hulett also said he has a right to stand on the bus which has accommodations for standing passengers.

"We'll look at all the evidence, and we've agreed that I'll make a motion to dismiss. And we'll look at the evidence together with the Judge, and we suspect at the end of the day, God willing, there will be a dismissal. So, that's what we're working toward," said Guy.

When asked if Fitzpatrick shares his concerns about the incident, Guy told Kenyon, "Of course with a guarded position, yes. He's very concerned about the treatment that my client received."

Guy has filed notices of claim against the City of Syracuse, Centro and Onondaga County. He says Hulett did not receive proper medical treatment at the Onondaga County Justice Center jail and was forced to suffer for 14 hours before he was taken to a hospital for treatment for his broken hip.

What happened to Hulett has angered disabled and civil rights advocates. On Wednesday afternoon there will be a rally in front Syracuse Police Headquarters at 511 South State Street. It begins at 1:00 p.m. (Read more about the rally.)

Rally organizer Sally Johnston says members of "United As One" will call for an investigation into the actions of two police officers.

Because Hulett has filed a notice of claim against the City, neither the Mayor's office nor the Police Department will comment.

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