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Witnesses to Henrietta Hots arrest
Henrietta, N.Y. --- Witness statements filed in court papers appear to cast more doubt on a mans claim that he was the victim of police brutality during his July 4th arrest.
News of Ryan Conklins arrest at Henrietta Hots first spread on social media with the release of a cell phone video recorded by Conklins friend. Conklin claimed police roughed him up and escalated a situation that he did not provoke. Conklin claimed that he was merely asking three deputies why they were all taking a dinner break from their routine patrols at a time when bars were letting out.
Conklin was charged with disorderly conduct and insists he will fight the charge.
Deputies stood by the arrest and later released video from store surveillance cameras that showed a longer interaction between Conklin and deputies. The video also refuted Conklins claim that he was only inside Henrietta Hots for seconds before the confrontation with deputies.
Now, witness statements on file with Henrietta Town Court appear to dispute Conklins claim that he was sober and not provoking deputies.
I could tell that he was completely trashed and I could smell the alcohol, wrote one Henrietta Hots employee of Conklin when describing the situation. Another said Conklin and his friend, appeared to be intoxicated.
Another witness said she heard Conklin say, "I'm not going to be able to hold my tongue tonight, something is going to go down."
After Conklin was taken away by deputies witnesses claim that friend went back inside the restaurant and said, That was bound to happen.
Another witness said she asked the friend why and he responded, I dont know. Hes just drunk.
Conklin is due back in Henrietta Town Court to answer to that disorderly conduct charge next week.