Suspended Buffalo Police Lt. who went viral has history of complaints

Jul 7, 2020

A Buffalo Police lieutenant who was suspended for 30 days without pay last week after saying a vile insult to a woman recording him with her cell phone has a history of suspensions and disciplinary charges.

Buffalo Police Lt. Michael DeLong has been suspended without pay for 30 days.
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The video recorded June 28 was widely circulated on social media.

The Investigative Post reports Lt. Michael DeLong's disciplinary record, obtained under the state's Freedom of Information Law and the recent repeal of Law 50-A protecting police disciplinary records, lists a 30-day suspension in November 2018 for an unspecified “domestic” incident; a one-day suspension the year before for a violation of procedures; a one-day suspension in 2014 for off-duty misconduct; and a two-day suspension in 2009 for excessive use of force. All suspensions were without pay.

He has also been the subject of 36 misconduct complaints. Twelve involved inappropriate use of force and three involved domestic incidents.