Mayor Brown delivers State of the City address Thursday

Feb 22, 2018

Mayor Byron Brown is scheduled to deliver his 12th State of the City address Thursday afternoon, in what he says will be another rallying call for "revitalization and opportunity" in Buffalo.

In his speech to city leaders and residents, the Mayor says he will be highlighting the most recent achievements in Buffalo and unveil his plan for the next four years, aimed at "continuing the positive momentum to further rebuild, reinvent and re-imagine" the community.

Brown's address takes place at the Buffalo Convention Center beginning at 12:40 p.m.

Wardel Davis died in Buffalo Police custody in February 2017.

Last year, a handful of protestors attempted to disrupt the Mayor's address, calling out him and the city's police department in memory of 20-year-old Wardel Davis, who died in police custody.

A state Attorney General's Office investigation into Davis' death concluded in December 2017 found no criminal charges were warranted against the two city police officers involved. However, the report did call for "systemic" reforms of the Buffalo Police Department and the Erie County Medical Examiner's office.

During Brown's address, seven of the protesters locked arms and sat in the intersection of Court and Franklin Streets, briefly halting traffic. They, including former city officer Cariol Horne, were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and obstructing governmental administration.

Horne was dismissed from the force in 2008 after a disciplinary hearing regarding an incident during which she jumped on the back of a fellow officer who was making an arrest. Horne had claimed at the time she thought the officer was choking the person being arrested.

WBFO's Mike Desmond and Michael Mroziak contributed to this report.