Released video shows police altercation with Judge Grisanti, wife

Oct 14, 2020

Police body camera video shows a shirtless state Supreme Court justice shove a Buffalo Police officer who was putting handcuffs on his wife during an argument with neighbors.

Justice Mark Grisanti and his wife Maria were placed in the back of police cars in June, but no charges were filed over the altercation.

The justice is seen on video obtained by WKBW-TV through an open records request telling officers that the mayor is a friend and that he has relatives on the police force.

The Erie County District Attorney's office said in July it reviewed the altercation and declined to file charges.

It is not the first time Grisanti and his wife have been involved in a dispute needing police intervention. In February 2012, the couple were beaten during a confrontation with two Seneca Nation members.

It happened after a black-tie fundraiser at the Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls. Grisanti was then a first-time Republican state senator.

He later explained he was trying to calm down an argument between the two men, but they accused Grisanti of hating the Seneca Nation. Maria Grisanti suffered a concussion during the fight.

No charges were filed in that case either.

WBFO's Marian Hetherly contributed to this story.