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Four mayoral candidates had at least one thing in common Thursday night: attacking Mayor Byron Brown. They gathered in a mayoral forum at Buffalo's Central Library.

A Buffalo Police spokesman says an internal investigation is underway to address claims by the Buffalo Common Council President that while many of his guests were turned back from an Independence Day cookout, guests of his neighbors were not subject to similar scrutiny.

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Right after his graduation from Buffalo's Math, Science, Technology Preparatory School at Seneca, Jequan Wilson posted the image of his high school diploma on Facebook. Hours later, he became another victim of Buffalo's street violence.

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A relatively small group of people who attended a recent a public hearing on policing in Buffalo insisted there major problems that must be addressed. One after another, people who attended the Tuesday night forum told stories of problem encounters with police. Several retired officers agreed work is needed.

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The protest group Just Resisting is demanding changes in the way Martin Luther King Park's casino is used. It is part of a larger fight for a smaller police force and more community input in city activities.

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Family members of a man fatally shot by a Buffalo Police officer early last month joined community activists in Niagara Square Wednesday afternoon, demanding answers and justice as the investigation continues.


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Buffalo Police say they are investigating two shootings over the weekend that left one person dead and three people wounded.

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The relationship between Buffalo’s minority communities and the police is strained and a recent decision to buy rifles for officers has amplified that divide.


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Last fall, Investigative Post exposed the subpar training Buffalo police receive in the use of force and firearms, the exact kind of training needed to prevent a Ferguson-type tragedy. Those concerns have grown in the wake of the deaths of two men of color, Wardel Davis in February and Jose Hernandez-Rossy last week, after encounters with police.


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The state attorney general has taken over the investigation of a Sunday afternoon incident that left a suspect dead and a Buffalo Police officer wounded.

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A father and son from Alden have pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to conspiring to pay bribes to Buffalo Police officers.

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A Buffalo Police officer is in “fair” condition and good spirits after he was shot in the head on Sunday evening in the Black Rock-Riverside neighborhood.

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A Buffalo police officer was shot and another officer injured Sunday during a violent confrontation that left a man dead.


A Buffalo police officer crashed into a pole Wednesday morning in South Buffalo after swerving to avoid another vehicle while responding to a call.

A police chase through South Buffalo has resulted in multiple injuries, including a drug suspect being chased.

Buffalo Police need your help to find a potential pedophile.

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A man charged in a fatal shooting inside Buffalo's Anchor Bar has been convicted on unrelated federal firearm and drug charges. 

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Buffalo's Common Council voted Tuesday to pay just over $4 million to settle two major lawsuits against the city.

As is the case in most police departments, Buffalo's Internal Affairs unit reviews complaints against its officers. Beyond that, however, the type of independent oversight found in many communities is lacking in Buffalo. As Daniela Porat of Investigative Post outlines on WBFO's Press Pass, a citizens review commission has been rendered ineffective and city lawmakers appear to have little political appetite for the issue.


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What started out as a routine escort of a college basketball team from Buffalo Niagara International Airport turned into a desperate race to Erie County Medical Center to save the life of a nearly frozen infant.

With 15 homicides recorded since the star of the year, including three on New Year's Day, the City of Buffalo is having its deadliest start to a year in a decade. The mayor is assuring the public that police are working long hours to gather information for breaks in unsolved cases.


Buffalo Police will be going into harm's way a little better armed and a little better protected, after Tuesday's action by the Common Council.

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Three young men were shot in a drive-by Monday afternoon at Genesee Street and Eller Avenue.

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A small number of citizens turned out to ask real questions of real cops about how policing works in Buffalo, during a meeting sponsored by Masten District Common Councilmember Ulysees Wingo.

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Kiarre Harris of Buffalo is making a federal case out of home-schooling her two children.

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While Buffalo mayor Byron Brown delivered his annual State of the City Address inside the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center on Friday afternoon, protesters outside spoke against him and the city's police department as they rallied in memory of a young man who recently died after being arrested by officers.


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Monitoring police conduct has become a pressing issue in recent years across the nation. Many cities have responded by increasing civilian oversight. But as Daniela Porat with our partner Investigative Post has found, there is little effort to hold police accountable in Buffalo.


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About 70 protestors gathered Thursday night in front of Buffalo's B District Police Station  at Main and Tupper streets to voice concerns over the death of Wardel "Meech" Davis. The 20-year-old man died Tuesday night while in police custody.

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A spokesman for the Buffalo Police Department said Wednesday morning that investigations by more than one agency are underway following the death of a 20-year-old Buffalo man who was being taken into custody overnight.


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Buffalo Police are continuing to investigate a fatal Friday night shooting.

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