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Falls Police Chief Says Surveillance Tape Lacks Audio
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Niagara Falls, N.Y. - Seneca Nation President Robert Porter said Tuesday, the Seneca Gaming Corporation will follow procedure and cooperate with the investigation into a fight that involved New York State Senator Mark Grisanti and his wife Maria at the Seneca Niagara Casino more than a week ago.

While not directly connected to the investigation, Porter said there is a process to follow and police will get their full cooperation.

When asked if the Seneca's would release surveillance video from the incident, he did not say yes or no.

2 On Your Side's Claudine Ewing spoke with Niagara Falls Police Chief John Chella. He says he surveillance video taken from various angles do not capture everything and there "is no audio."

Chief Chella says they want to hear from more people. "We don't know what words were spoken, we don't know in what context they were spoken," said Chief Chella.

A decision on whether anyone will be charged in that now infamous brawl involving state senator Mark Grisanti and his wife at the Seneca Niagara casino is expected to come this week.

Although the public has only seen cell phone video that shows the aftermath of the brawl which started at the lobby bar of the casino, Niagara Falls police detectives have seen the casino's own surveillance video more than once.

On Friday, Niagara County D.A. Mike Violante viewed the video as well.

Violante and detectives were scheduled to meet late Monday to discuss the case.

Police Chief John Chella tells Scott Brown that ultimately it will be Violante's call as to whether charges will be filed against anyone.

Grisanti and his wife say they want to press charges because Maria Grisanti suffered head injuries when she was allegedly attacked.

In turn, the other couple involved, Eric and Kristina White of Irving, have told police that they want to file charges against the Grisantis.

The Whites have hired prominent attorney Paul Cambria to represent them.

Scott Brown: "Given that there's a New York state senator involved, do you have confidence in how the D.A. and police will handle this case?"

Paul Cambria: "I've known Mr. Violente for many years and I'm not concerned that he's going to show any bias. It seems to me that if Grisanti and his wife want to come forward and fill out a deposition and ask that charges be filed, then the same thing should happen with regard to the Whites. It's the old story - what's good for one should be good for the other."

Cambria is out of town for a few days but says he'd like to meet with the Violante before the D.A. comes to any decision on whether charges will be filed in the case.

Paul Cambria: "To me, I think there's plenty of discussion that should occur before anybody pulls the trigger one way or the other on charges."

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