Oneonta Interim Police Chief to take over May 2; police brutality investigation complete

ONEONTA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Oneonta has an interim police chief in retired Broome County UnderSheriff Gary O'Neill, who will fill the chief's position on May 2.

Oneonta's Chief Joseph Redmond is retiring next week amid the turmoil of a police brutality investigation, where a man named Bradford Shanks alleges that he was beaten by Oneonta Police Officer Michael Breen during a traffic stop on January 28.

An investigation into the matter was launched under the supervision of Mayor Richard Miller, who brought in a retired State Police investigator to look into the matter.

The investigation has wrapped up, but officials remain tight lipped about it.

Shanks' Attorney Bryan Konoski says that Shanks is seeking over $1 million in damages after the alleged beating. Konoski says that a notice of claim has been filed and he expects to file a lawsuit against Otsego County, the City of Oneonta, the Police Department and its Chief, Joseph Redmond, as well as Officer Michael Breen. Breen is currently suspended without pay.

Shanks only has one functional eye and his attorney says the alleged beating damaged that eye. Konoski says that after the alleged beating, Shanks needed medical attention that he was not given.

"He also was denied prompt medical attention," Konoski said. "The officers at the station refused to bring Mr. Shanks to the hospital even after a recommendation by an EMT from the neighboring fire department."

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