Buffalo Police

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The public comments phase of the months-long City of Buffalo’s state-mandated Commission on Police Reform ended today.  

Thomas O'Neil-White

Several dozen protesters marched from Niagara Square in downtown Buffalo Monday evening to outside of 500 Pearl St., the site of a fundraiser for Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, to decry the lack of accountability by the Mayor’s office regarding police brutality.

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Street protests and the shooting of a mentally ill man on Saturday are heating up the relationship between Buffalo's Common Council and Mayor Byron Brown - but not in a good way.

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A breezy Wednesday morning at Niagara Square in downtown Buffalo was devoid of any tents. Much of the spray adorning the fountain at the center of the square had been scrubbed away. 

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

It's a policy New York City's mayor announced last week will be implemented in that city, the creation of a police discipline database. In Buffalo, Mayor Byron Brown was asked if he would consider a similar database.


Police seem to dominate so many conversation these days, as protests continue in Buffalo and around the world. A key issue in all of these conversations is the rules for becoming an officer and how an officer might lose that badge for bad behavior.

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The Buffalo Common Council is pushing for change in the city's police department, some longstanding issues and some growing out of the current string of protests across the world about police violence.

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown is expected to soon announce police reform proposals in the wake of the George Floyd protests and a WBFO video showing Buffalo police pushing an elderly protester. However, the Buffalo Common Council’s independent police advisory body already has an idea of what reforms it would like to see.


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Gov. Andrew Cuomo says that President Donald Trump should apologize for a tweet in which he suggested the 75-year-old man pushed by Buffalo police during a protest last week could have staged the assault as part of an activist group.

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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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A day after a viral video showed Buffalo police push an elderly man to the ground outside City Hall, several hundred protesters made their way around the city of Buffalo Friday evening while mostly avoiding any contact or confrontations with law enforcement. 

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The shoving of a 75-year-old protestor in Niagara Square on Thursday has drawn attention and criticism from around the world. Mayor Byron Brown is now responding to how the Buffalo Police Department handled the incident, and what it means for the community going forward.

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According to multiple reports, all 57 members of the Buffalo Police Department's Emergency Response Team have resigned from the team as a show of support for the two officers who were suspended Thursday night.

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A call by some community members to reduce police funding in Buffalo for the upcoming fiscal year did was unsuccessful Thursday, as the Common Council voted to pass the spending plan by a six-to-three margin in a virtual special session.

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Another day of protest in Buffalo started peacefully, but ended with violence. 

The Buffalo Common Council has approved a $4.5 million settlement to Wilson Morales, who was 17-years-old when he was shot by a Buffalo police officer. Eight years after the incident, Morales remains in a wheelchair, paralyzed by the bullet. Geoff Kelly of Investigative Post says the injury settlement would not have occurred without some dogged investigative work by the plaintiff's attorneys.

UB researcher investigating the 911 of 24/7 police work

Jan 27, 2020
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University at Buffalo Professor John Violanti has become internationally known for his health and wellness research on the Buffalo Police Department. With a new federal grant of more than $800,000, the former New York State Trooper is now taking a deeper look at how well police officers adjust to shift work, overtime and secondary employment.

Thomas O'Neil-White

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown joined law enforcement, leadership from Buffalo Public Schools, and other community leadership to announce a meeting with anti-gun violence organization Cities United about the success the city has had in curbing gun related crimes.

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At least a dozen Buffalo police officers descended on a downtown Buffalo Starbucks Tuesday not in response to a 911 call, but for the holiday edition of “Coffee with a Cop.”

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The City of Buffalo will soon rename a police training facility after an officer who died during a training exercise in the Niagara River last fall. It is one of two tributes to the late Lieutenant Craig Lehner that was announced Monday.

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The Buffalo Common Council held its latest Police Oversight Committee meeting Tuesday, during which time they heard updates from police officials on their officer body camera pilot program, their plan to apply for accreditation with New York State and the possibility of adding tasers to their array of equipment.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Rulings were made on several pre-trial motions Wednesday in the case of a Buffalo Police officer accused of deliberately injuring a man in Central Booking last year.

Buffalo Police and Public School District officials were investigating a Monday morning incident involving a pocket knife that left a sixth-grade girl injured.

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown says he had no intention to replace Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda, whose retirement was announced overnight, and that the decision to step down was entirely that of the 30-year police veteran.

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Buffalo Police officials on Wednesday again expressed their gratitude to all who supported the effort to recover their fallen officer. But they also warned that it will require a long period of time before they know the circumstances surrounding Craig Lehner's death in the Niagara River.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Two Buffalo Police officers involved in a crash early Thursday morning are recovering, a police spokesman said. So, too, is the other driver involved, who faces multiple charges and was wanted on outstanding warrants.

Road patrol increased for Thanksgiving holiday

Nov 20, 2016
New York State Police

Thanksgiving Day is around the corner and police will be increasing road patrols through the holiday and holiday weekend.

Tire slasher hits Buffalo's west side

Oct 29, 2016

Buffalo Police are investigating a number of tire slashings that occurred on the city's west side Saturday morning.

Police arrest man suspected of Oakmont stabbing

Sep 3, 2016

Buffalo Police have made an arrest in connection to Friday morning's fatal stabbing of a 52-year-old man on Oakmont Avenue.

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On a night where downtown Buffalo hosted a giant rubber duck, Kanye West, and superheroes at Coca-Cola field, other areas of the city fell victim to violence.