Calvin Bryant gets 2 to 12 months for incident at W-B bar

Last updated: March 07. 2014 11:44PM - 2308 Views
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WILKES-BARRE — Calvin Bryant’s apology was too little, too late.

If Bryant felt remorseful for fighting with and yelling racial slurs at two Wilkes-Barre police officers, he should have apologized before the expense of a Luzerne County jury trial, Assistant District Attorney Nancy Violi said Friday.

Bryant, 28, of Philadelphia, was found guilty after a jury trial on Jan. 9 of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. He was also found guilty of a summary offense of public drunkenness.

The charges relate to an investigation of a large fight at Good Fellas Bar & Restaurant on North Pennsylvania Avenue on Feb. 4, 2013. Police chased patrons away from the bar, but Bryant was spotted looking through a window into the business.

An officer instructed Bryant to leave.

As Bryant walked away, another officer saw him turn around and return to the bar.

That’s where police said Bryant became unruly, yelled expletives and racial slurs at two officers, according to the criminal complaint.

Bryant repeatedly told one of the officers that he was going to harm the officer’s daughter and mother, the complaint says.

At Bryant’s sentencing hearing, he apologized and said he accepted responsibility.

Violi, who prosecuted Bryant, said she was confused by his words of taking responsibility and being apologetic.

“I don’t know how he is able to take responsibility. We don’t feel there is any remorse. We don’t fee there is any responsibility. He never said he was sorry. He called Wilkes-Barre police racists,” Violi told Lupas.

Lupas sentenced Bryant to two to 12 months at the county correctional facility followed by six months probation. He also fined Bryant $150 for the public drunk conviction.

Bryant was shackled by sheriff deputies inside the courtroom and taken to jail.

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