I-Team: Man Claims Mistreatment By Wilkes-Barre Police

 WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE-WYOU-TV) The Wilkes-Barre police department already under scrutiny for its alleged mishandling of suspects in their custody is now facing more allegations of mistreatment tonight. It involves a man who was shot Sunday night.
The man claims  Wilkes-Barre police officers did nothing to help him even as he bled inside a holding cell..That man remains in the hospital tonight, two days after that shooting. The I-Team's Andy Mehalshick spoke with him about his allegations

The shooting happened Sunday night on West Maple Street about a block away from Wilkes-Barre General hospital.
Antonio Powell was shot in the foot-- the shooting came after an agument  between his daughter and a girl next door.
   Powell says two unknown men barged into his home and shot him.
 Wilkes-Barre police converged on the scene and told Powell, who was shot in the foot, says he was being taken to Geisinger Wyomng Valley because General Hospital was under lockdown as a results of the gunshots nearby.
    Powell said he refused since he had no way of getting home from Geisinger.
He was taken to police headquarers and  placed inside a holding cell that's when Powell says his nightmare began..
 
"I had a bullet in my foot. They were rushing me dragging me practically pushing me across the hall and a whole bunch of things. I was confused, I was hurt . I didn't know who to call about this. I called you because no one would listen."

Powell called the I-Team from his hospital inside Wilkes-Barre General Hospital where he underwent surgery on Tuesday.
He claims he was finally released from a jail cell without ever receiving any medical attention while in custody.

 "I sat there in the cell bleeding crying screaming. Of course I was upset I got shot in front of my child." he told the I-team

But being released from jail, Powell claims officers verbally abused him..
"The were calling me an animal and that I deserved this." Powell told the I-Team.

 
"I know of the incident." Said Chief Marcella Lendacky, Wilkes-Barre Chief.

Wilkes-Barre Police Chief Marcella Lendacky and Commander Ronald Foy are looking into Powell's accusations..
"I can't say at this point. I have to wait to look into this. I wouldn't want to prejudge anything." said Chief Lendacky.

 "Our next step is to wait for mr. Powell to file an official complaint and once that is filed then we will take the appropriate action and investigate it and getting all sides of the story." Said Ron Foy, Wilkes-Barre Police.

This comes as Wilkes-Barre Police are still investigating allegations that an officer roughed up a woman who was in their custody. And recently, two police officers were suspended for allegedly not properly searching a suspect that suspect left a gun inside a holding cell.


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