Niagara Gazette


June 28, 2013

Lockport repair shop owner known for sign fight facing new charges


The officers let him pass, he said. 

"If I was doing something wrong, why didn't they stop me the first time?" Mongielo said. 

Mongielo said it was on a return trip through the same area when police asked him to pull over. Mongielo said he complied with the request, but again questioned police, asking them to explain what crime he had committed.

"I'm simply exercising my rights," he said. "I have the right to understand if I'm being charged with a crime." 

Mongielo maintains his motor vehicle registration was valid at the time of the stop and that he was not talking on his cell phone while driving. He said he did have the cell phone in his hand when an officer approached his vehicle because he wanted to use it to record their interaction. 

Mongielo claims he was forcibly removed from the vehicle by an officer and aggressively taken down the ground. He said he believes officers overstepped their bounds and that he was the victim of police brutality. He said he intends to defend his version of events in court. 

"They never read me my Miranda rights, they never indicated that I was under arrest and they beat the crap out of me for no reason," he said. 

Mongielo was released on his own recognizance and is to be arraigned before Judge William Watson on Monday.

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