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Local law enforcement said a sweep of drug houses has netted some major drug dealers, but it is also a sign that dealers are moving into bigger deals and connecting directly to drug cartels for supplies.

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More video of the June 4, 2020 shoving incident by two Buffalo Police officers of protester Martin Gugino, 75, has been publicly released.

Buffalo Police launch online crime reporting

Mar 21, 2021
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The Buffalo Police Department has begun a new initiative that allows residents to file a police report online, without having to call 911 and wait for an officer to respond.

Two Buffalo police officers seen on video punching a man in the face while he was on the ground won’t face criminal charges stemming from the encounter last year, a prosecutor has decided.

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Buffalo Police will begin formal training later this year, so they may lessen the risk of child trauma in cases during which the youngster witnesses a parent being arrested or engaging with officers in other police matters.

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Martin Gugino, the elderly protester who was pushed by Buffalo police in an incident seen around the world last year, is now suing the City of Buffalo.


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In the Syracuse suburb of Manlius, police transparency carries a hefty price tag.

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The Buffalo Police Department is breaking up its dedicated traffic unit and redistributing its approximately 50 officers among its five patrol districts.

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The Buffalo man who was shot by a Buffalo Police officer after allegedly hitting another officer with a baseball bat last month is being held at the Erie County Holding Center pending $15,000 bail and mental health tests.

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Buffalo is continuing to reshape its Police Department, with the Common Council on Tuesday approving the purchase of 85 Tasers and the training to go with them.

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A Buffalo man has been sentenced to  1 1/2-3 years in prison, after running over and dragging a Buffalo Police officer who was trying to ticket him.

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Buffalo Police have closed a city bar after a weekend shooting incident.

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Buffalo Police and Fire crews were conducting a water recovery operation Thursday afternoon, after a private contractor fell into a well while working at the Buffalo Sewer Authority's wastewater treatment plant on Bird Island. Early Friday morning, Buffalo Police tweeted that the contractor's body had been found.

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The elderly man who suffered a fractured skull after being shoved to the ground by Buffalo Police this summer told reporters Wednesday afternoon that he is doing fine.

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A group of community activists is raising concerns over the possible use of a new non-lethal restraint tool by Buffalo Police dealing with mental health emergencies.


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Cariol Horne, the namesake of a pending Buffalo law, filed a lawsuit Thursday in State Supreme Court against the City of Buffalo and the city's police department.

Horne maintains she intervened in November 2006, when she pulled fellow officer Greg Kwiatkowski off of a suspect being violently arrested during a domestic dispute. Horne was fired two years after the incident, a year short of serving the necessary 20 years to qualify for a full police pension.

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Buffalo is one legal step away from having a law requiring police officers to intervene if another officer starts using too much force against someone being arrested. This "duty to intervene" is detailed in Cariol's Law.

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MT Pockets, the Hertel Avenue bar that was the site of a racially charged confrontation between patrons and protesters earlier this month, was given permission to reopen Monday by the Erie County Department of Health.

 

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Police everywhere are looking for alternatives to an officer's service revolver. Buffalo Police say they are are now studying a device called a BolaWrap.

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It isn't clear whether former Buffalo Police Officer Cariol Horne will ever get her pension, but Common Councilmembers on Tuesday moved closer to using her name as a sign of reforming police operations.

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Starting in October, Buffalo Police will be calling for social workers trained to deal with acute mental health crises in 911 cases that vex law enforcement.

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A 60-year-old man who was shot by a Buffalo Police officer during the weekend has been charged after investigators say he struck an officer with an aluminum baseball bat during the encounter. In addition, Willie Henley has been ordered by a judge to undergo a mental health examination.

Free The People, a coalition of various racial justice and police reform groups in greater Buffalo holds another protest at 3:30 p.m. at Niagara Square. Phylicia Brown, Executive Director of Black Lives Resist in the Rust, said Saturday's shooting of Willie Henley, 60, is only the latest example of the problems inside the Buffalo Police Department.

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The Buffalo Police Department charged a Cattaraugus County man with a hate crime Monday for allegedly threatening Black Lives Matter protesters on Hertel Avenue, but he was immediately released and given a ticket to appear in court more than a month from now.

 

Erie County District Attorney John Flynn says to blame New York state’s bail reform.  

 


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Six suspects have been charged in a 24-count federal grand jury indictment in what authorities say is the drug-related deaths of three people in Buffalo last fall.

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A six-year-old California girl who has been missing for more than a year has been located in Buffalo.

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Buffalo Police are doing away with one of the most controversial elements of the war on drugs: no-knock warrants. That is the kind of police warrant where officers don't have to announce they are there and why. Instead, they just kick down the door and head in.

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Around five times a year, the City of Buffalo's Human Resources staffers receive a tip that a city employee whose paperwork says that person lives in the city really doesn't. There is a private detective for that.

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By Friday, the Common Council should have the first draft of a major change in policing in Buffalo. It's likely to be called Cariol's Law, for former BPD Officer Cariol Horne, who maintains she was fired from the department for trying to stop another officer from attacking someone he was arresting. The proposed new law would require police to intervene.

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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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