SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Saratoga Springs Police responded to a case of alleged police brutality made public at last week's City Council Meeting by a city resident.
Police responded to a call last week about a domestic dispute and say that Guy Pierce gave them a fake name. Officers say Pierce then ran off, leading them on a foot chase. Pierce says police used excessive force when they eventually arrested him and that he suffered a concussion. Pierce also says police have harassed and beaten him on a number of occasions since he was 16-years-old.
Saratoga Springs Police Chief Gregory Veitch denies the allegations in this case, as well as another case from Labor Day weekend.
"If someone is accusing an officer of a beating, than I will take their statement personally and investigate it. There's no room for that kind of behavior in this police department, but in these two cases, we don't think that that's the case and we want to make sure the public has an accurate description of what happened and not just one side of the story," Veitch said.
Pierce has been charged with false personating and resisting arrest.
Neither Pierce nor his lawyer returned our calls.