BUFFALO, NY - John Willet was in Buffalo City Court for vehicle and traffic violations.
Last year he was stopped twice for driving with a suspended or revoked driver's license. He had appearances before two judges on one day. Both Buffalo City Court Judges Kevin Keane and Betty Calvo-Torres advised Willet to take care of fines in the Town of Amherst that led to his suspended license.
The aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle charges are the least of Willet's concerns. His arrest in Buffalo on April 19 for possessing drugs, including heroin, crack cocaine and marijuana are serious offenses. He was also charged with resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration. Those charges relate to what was captured on video. Willet was seen on the ground in handcuffs and he says he was the victim of police brutality.
Attorney Phillip Dabney represents Willet. When asked about his client's background, he says "this would be the first time in fact he's been charged with criminal possession of drugs or any drug related offense."
Dabney says Willet does not have criminal convictions on his record, but he was given youthful offender status for a case when he was a teenager.