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Beaver, PA — Beaver County resident, James Cicco has just settled a lawsuit against the Beaver Police Department claiming officers used excessive force. The incident was captured on dash cam and shows a graphic takedown of a non-threatening man who was brutally assaulted by police for no reason. Part of the attack happened after he was placed in handcuffs as well. Now the taxpayers will be held accountable—not the cops who did it.

As the Beaver Countian reports, federal court dockets show US District Court Judge Mark Hornak closed the case brought by James Edward Cicco against Beaver Borough on Thursday after parties reached a settlement agreement with the assistance of federal mediators.

An “investigation” by the Pennsylvania State Police claimed cops did nothing wrong when they unleashed the K9 on the handcuffed man.

Cicco told his lawyers he has been harassed by police in the past, so when Beaver Police Officer Jeffrey Wijnen-Riems attempted to pull over Cicco for a traffic violation in August of 2016, the man decided the best place to pull over would be at his home.

Cicco’s lawyer, Geraldo Benyo, told reporters it only took 13 seconds to pull over, and that his client was being compliant for the entire duration of the traffic stop which took a violent turn for the worst. Wijnen-Riems can be seen in the dash cam footage approaching Cicco’s car.

“The video does depict Mr. Cicco getting out of his vehicle with both hands palms out and raised and then he only retreats into his vehicle as officer releases the K-9,” Benyo explained.

He opened up Cicco’s car door and then began to attempt to extricate the man from his small SUV. However, we consulted with a close-quarters hand-to-hand combat expert who concluded Wijnen-Riems tactics were not standard procedure.

The officer can be seen placing Cicco in a painful wrist-lock which has the potential to break the man’s wrist. The patrolman then began cranking his arm behind his back, another move intended to either break the man’s arm or dislocate his shoulder.

According to our expert, at no time did the officer attempt to unbuckle Cicco’s seatbelt and drag him out of the car. It appears Cicco unbuckled his own seatbelt, at which time the officer then flung him to the ground.

Instead of placing the man in handcuffs, he went back to his vehicle and released his attack dog, a German-Shepherd. As Cicco sees the dog approaching, he jumped back into his car and shut the door, as anyone afraid of police attack dogs may do.

Once again, Officer Wijnen-Riems opened the car door, this time aided by his dog, who began to viciously attack him, biting him under the arm, in the armpit, exposing gaping wounds. He bit his back as well.

As the Beaver Countian reported in 2016, at the time of the incident, before the dash cam video was released, witnesses to the attack reported that the officers forced the dog to “eat” Cicco during the confrontation — after he was placed in handcuffs. In the video below, that is exactly what happens.

Wijen-Riems claimed he saw Cicco reaching for what he thought was a taser. However, that was not seen in the video, nor was he in possession of a taser.

The small-town police officer, who some are now calling a bully, then charged Cicco with multiple charges including fleeing and eluding and driving without a license. Cicco fought the charges and his case was brought to trial. None of the charges held and the entire attack was over a suspended license.

“This entire incident resulted over an aggressive police officer who was upset because on the way to non-emergency call Mr. Cicco didn’t get out of way fast enough,” Benyo said. The lawyer said his client’s fears of police brutality, “Turned out to be pretty accurate with having the fear.”

According to the Beaver Countian, terms of a settlement agreement ending Cicco’s federal lawsuit were not disclosed in court filings, but a source in Beaver Borough familiar with its provisions said the town’s insurance carrier paid out approximately $250,000 to end the litigation.

After obtaining the dashcam footage, the Beaver Countian also obtained audio of the officer’s call. In the audio, the cop is heard joking about the damage his dog inflicted on Cicco.

Disturbing indeed.


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18 COMMENTS

  1. It’s long overdue to publish the names and addresses of these rogue cops and public officials so that the citizenry can “pay them a visit”. Violence is not the answer, but if these rogue public servants and their families were ostracized–businesses refusing to serve them, etc. they might get the message. There are those who will say, “leave their families out of this”, but I disagree. Their families deserve to be made aware of what POSs their rogue family member is…
    Of course, such a tactic is much easier to put into place in small towns.

  2. I hope and pray with all my heart that this police dogs rips off his cops testicles and penis and eats them, and just walks away while the cop bleeds out on the ground as this cop deserves to die a slow painful death. Ban cops from using attack K-9’s they are not to be trusted with dogs and it’s inhumane for the dog!!!

  3. I apologize to all LEO’s but every time I see police dogs I can’t help but mentally see NAZI’s and NAZI atrocities using dogs.

  4. This officer was clearly out of control in my time, I extricated a lot of drunks and
    others from their vehicles and never did what he did, and I cannot honestly fathom why he grabbed his gun twice unless he was going to shoot him and decided know because of the dashcam. I probably would have got back in the vehicle too when he turned the k 9 loose, especially since he came out of the vehicle with his hands up and palms forward. From what I could see because there was no sound he wants to hurt someone, and then the way all three officers kept going back inside the vehicle and at least one was almost always blocking the camera makes me wonder if they weren’t trying to plant evidence. I never went through ssomeones vehicle without either their permission, warrant or if I arrestedd

    • Sorry wrong button. If I arrested someone in a vehicle we had to do what was called an inventory search which listed everything in the vehicle which they had to sign for before they could impound it, then if any illegal drugs or anything else was found, it was listed into evidence and was admissible in court, but that was 20 years ago and I don’t claim to know how it is done any more, but I think he should lose his job over this.

  5. Sorry, I’m not a violent person, but that bastard needs his head booting in and that dog putting down, the guy was already savaged by that fucking dog and that idiot let it have another go at him again, as well as trying to break his damned arm. Yeah, give a prick a uniform and he thinks he’s a fucking warlord. It’s about time all these wankers were rounded up and give a taste of their own shit, see how they like it.

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