NUNDA – Joe Harris made bail and began another legal battle against Livingston County.
Harris, 48, is filing another lawsuit against law enforcement. His new charges include misdemeanor Assault in the Third Degree, four counts of misdemeanor Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
“Was I in a fight with my neighbor? Yes. I just got the better of him,” said Harris. “He got beaten up, basically. But then he calls the cops, and the Deputy slammed me into the Nunda vehicle. I was all scarred up, on my face, my shoulders, my legs, for no reason. All I want from Livingston County is the money that I spent getting that first case dismissed.”
Harris is coming out of a 3-year war with Livingston County. He pled guilty to felony Attempted Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree and misdemeanor Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Fifth Degree in September. He is now appealing that case.
Harris alleged that the fight on Sept. 24 originally began when his neighbor on Mill Street, Nunda, started asking him for drugs.
“His wife was putting highlights in my hair in their kitchen and he comes home drunk and says ‘you owe me $20, ‘give me one of your Suboxones,'” said Harris. “I said absolutely no way, and as I started to stand up our bodies touched, and the fight was on. He grabbed me, he choked me, but he didn’t get anything on me. I got the better of him.”
Harris says that problems continued when a Nunda Police Officer and a Livingston County Sheriff’s Deputy arrived.
“I was giving it to that Nunda cop, I didn’t know what was going on, and I lost my head,” said Harris. “They brought me into the jail, and I apologized to the Nunda Officer. I explained why I lost my temper, and he accepted my apology, in front of the jail deputies.”
Harris, who has passionately maintained that he was mistreated at the Livingston County Jail in 2013, had only good things to say about his experience in jail over the past 11 days.
“Everyone at the jail was very nice to me, I was very well treated,” said Harris. “It’s a totally different jail, totally different.”
Harris will return to Nunda Village Court at a later date for further proceedings on the new charges. He says that he is pressing forward with both of his lawsuits.
“I don’t make stuff up, I tell the truth,” said Harris. “This is about getting justice for what happened and what continues to happen. I just want this to come to an end. I want to move on with my life.”