Black Lives Matter

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Fillmore Avenue cuts across Buffalo, from Main Street in North Buffalo to Seneca Street in South Buffalo. Soon, it will be Black Lives Matter Way.

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A Franklinville man accused of wielding a knife during a confrontation with Black Lives Matter protesters failed to appear for his scheduled arraignment Thursday morning. While the judge rescheduled the hearing, the Erie County District Attorney wanted Michael Cremen arrested immediately, expressing safety concerns.


Buffalo Police announced Friday morning that charges have been filed in connection with a hit-and-run that left a bicyclist injured during Wednesday evening's Breonna Taylor protest in Niagara Square.

Janine is one of thousands of local activists who took to the streets in the days following the release of a video of Daniel Prude suffocating while being restrained by Rochester police.

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Supporters of a Buffalo police reform law named for an ousted officer are calling on lawmakers to state publicly whether they'll support it. Those backing the proposal known as Cariol's Law demand lawmakers keep her name on the bill if and when they may pass it.

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Hours before a scheduled racial justice protest on Hertel Avenue, a half dozen local pastors were gathered in the North Buffalo neighborhood to pray for praceful demonstrations, but also to send a message to outside agitators planning to show up: your antics will not be tolerated.

Thursday night was a tale of two groups with contrasting ideas on how to make change, clashing, after the death of Daniel Prude.

When Rochester police officers came upon Daniel Prude in the middle of Jefferson Avenue in the early morning hours of March 23, he was naked and in distress. The temperature hovered around freezing.

He had allegedly just gone on a destructive tear, according to police reports, smashing out the windows of several storefronts, and ranting about having the coronavirus. A passing tow truck driver who called 911 described Prude as being covered in blood.

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The fallout from two confrontations outside of a Hertel Avenue bar continued Wednesday with the closing of MT Pockets amid an investigation by Erie County Health Department. Local leaders and City of Buffalo residents alike are weighing in on the incidents which put a spotlight on race relations in the city.


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Buffalo Police announced the arrest of a Cattaraugus County man Monday afternoon, charging him with a hate crime after he allegedly held a knife and confronted Black Lives Matter protesters on Hertel Avenue Friday evening.

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A local young Black man accused of stealing a lottery ticket that he actually bought has gained legal representation. The attorney for 30-year-old Eric Martin spoke about his case Friday.

A West Seneca police officer has been suspended after Planned Parenthood officials say he refused to investigate a call when he saw their Black Lives Matter sign.

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Buffalo's Common Council President is welcoming the University at Buffalo's decision to remove the names of Millard Fillmore and two others from its campus buildings and roadways. WBFO asked Darius Pridgen: would he consider the same for buildings or streets within the City of Buffalo?

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Expressions of support for victims of racial injustice are showing up in the suburbs. 

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As part of the Buffalo Reform Agenda, Mayor Byron Brown announced a new round of changes in law enforcement, including how the city has levied fines against motorists.

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Organizers of what was called the Strike for Black Lives say Monday's nationwide event was a call to governments and corporations to confront systemic racism in society and in the economy. In the Buffalo area, 1199SEIU members also used the occasion to raise awareness of working conditions in local nursing homes.

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Organizers of a national workers strike say tens of thousands are set to walk off the job Monday morning in more than two dozen U.S. cities, to protest systemic racism and economic inequality that has only worsened during the coronavirus pandemic.

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A former Buffalo Police officer and her supporters rallied in Lafayette Square Friday afternoon, where it was announced she has obtained a legal team in a bid to restore her eligibility for a full pension. She lost her job with the police department in 2007, for what supporters insist was doing the right thing.

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New rules regarding who can be held on bail in New York state took effect Thursday. The new law rolls back some bail reform measures passed in 2019, and criminal justice advocates say it’s the wrong time to do it, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement.

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A former Buffalo police officer and approximately two dozen peers stood outside Buffalo Police Headquarters Tuesday morning, announcing their proposed legislation that would require law enforcers step in to stop peers from committing acts of brutality, or face prosecution for failing to act.

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Some of the steps toward police and racial equity reform, announced by Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown earlier this month, take effect on Wednesday.

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Local artists have painted a new Black Lives Matter mural meant to spark conversation about racial inequality. 

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Last week's tweet by President Donald Trump about a Buffalo activist, injured after being pushed and falling in Niagara Square, is just one example of a long-running history of media misinformation. A University at Buffalo expert on media effects, persuasion and misinformation discussed the ongoing trend of spreading false narratives, and offers pointers for better judgment while warning that misinformation will only escalate with a tense presidential election coming.


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Buffalo Common Council President Darius Pridgen proposed a resolution this week to rename a street or section of the city in honor of the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Flanked by representatives of the Free The People WNY Coalition, Common Councilmembers, members of Buffalo Police Department and two National Football League players, Mayor Byron Brown announced a series of changes in the city's police policy while vowing that conversations to address social inequity have only just begun.

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Hundreds of Western New York educators gathered on the steps of Buffalo City Hall late Tuesday afternoon to voice their support for the Black Lives Matter movement. From elementary to collegiate, urban to suburban, educators, parents, students and officials of all levels stood in front of Niagara Square to address their roles in confronting systematic racism.


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A week after protests began in Buffalo over the police killing of George Floyd, one of the largest crowds yet gathered in Niagara Square Saturday evening to call for concrete police reforms.

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A large and peaceful vigil was held in memory of George Floyd in Buffalo’s Martin Luther King Jr. Park Saturday afternoon. It was one of several major demonstrations that took place across the city.

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Toronto’s police service could be marching in next year’s Pride Parade. After excluding officers for two consecutive years, the organization says it will welcome the force back.


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With the National Women's March on the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. over the weekend, local supporters rallied Sunday at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park to oppose what they called the "Military-Industrial Complex."

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