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Three local law enforcement officers are recovering from injuries suffered when an SUV ran them down on Bailey Avenue late Monday as they stood on a roadblock during a tense protest.

Following Saturday's protest at Niagara Square and the ensuing vandalism, officials in a variety of government capacities blamed the unrest on the presence of "outside agitators," non-locals whose sole intent was to create tension and violence. The dialogue prompted Jim Heaney to pen a column at Investigative Post which took exception with the claims. Heaney believes the term was used to steer the community conversation away from how local government has failed to combat the city's structural racism.

A Buffalo man is facing up to seven years in prison after leading police on a chase in a stolen vehicle.


Saturday's protest in Niagara Square may have been prompted by the Minneapolis death of George Floyd, but one observer believes the message should be absorbed by local officials. "The children took the street," was how Marielle Smith of Black Love Resists in the Rust characterized the evening's events. That energy, Smith contends, is focused on bringing change to the Buffalo police department.

Downtown Buffalo's protest Saturday night, like those in so many other cities across the nation and the world, was sparked by last week's death of George Floyd, who was suffocated by a Minneapolis police officer. Rev. Mark Blue, President of the Buffalo branch of the NAACP, says the protests show the need for  change in how police perform their duties. 

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz briefed reporters late Sunday night on what had transpired in the prior 36 hours of violence, vandalism and looting spun off from a protest about the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police, while Erie County District Attorney John Flynn promised justice in prosecutions.

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Buffalo police officers clashed with angry protesters Saturday evening in downtown Buffalo. 

Buffalo Police have announced the arrests of three men in connection with a shooting Monday  on the city's West Side.

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The Erie County District Attorney's Office will investigate the arrest of a Buffalo man Sunday evening.

Buffalo Police officers from the Central District were called to a shooting just before 11 p.m. Sunday.

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A Buffalo man has been arraigned on a felony count of first-degree falsely reporting an incident.

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A North Buffalo woman is in critical condition at ECMC after a noon-hour crash involving a police vehicle, a civilian car with two passengers, and two pedestrians, including the woman in the hospital. 

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Buffalo police officers and firefighters are returning to work after both departments were hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

COVID-19 is continuing to hit Buffalo's first responders hard, but the city's mayor says the public will not see any disruptions to the safety services they rely on.

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Buffalo has 15 new police cars on the street, although you might not notice them in their plain clothes.

Positive cases of COVID-19 are being reported from various law enforcement agencies.

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The tangled relationship between Buffalo Police and residents of the city's East Side was on display Tuesday evening at the Delavan-Grider Community Center.

The U.S. Marshals Service has announced the arrest of a convicted felon who escaped from a halfway house in Rochester.

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Two years of investigation and nearly a dozen search warrants in Buffalo and adjacent communities have led to a major drug bust and four arrests, including former University at Buffalo basketball star Rodney Pierce.

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Buffalo Common Council members delayed voting on buying or leasing new police cars Tuesday so they can get more information on the advantages and disadvantages of both.

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Buffalo Police are investigating a series of home invasions and burglaries in the city's Black Rock area.

A Buffalo man has pleaded guilty in State Supreme Court to a felony count of first degree assault, resulting from a high-speed crash that ensued after he was subject to a traffic stop by Buffalo police.

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This winter's unseasonably warm weather may be creating an unusual problem: more crime on the streets because weather isn't keeping bad actors indoors.

Should body camera footage of an officer-involved shooting be released to the public by the Buffalo Police Department? It's a question that doesn't have a black and white answer among Common Council members.

Two Buffalo police officers are recovering from injuries suffered when their patrol vehicle overturned early in the morning on New Year's Day.

Valentino Dixon was imprisoned for 27 years for a murder he did not commit. His exoneration and release in September 2018 made international headlines and has prompted Dixon to fashion a new life as a criminal justice advocate and artist. Now, he has filed a civil lawsuit against the Buffalo Police Department and Erie County District Attorney's Office for his wrongful conviction.

Buffalo police say a man died in a pedestrian accident late Saturday night. An arrest has been made.

Shooting leaves one man dead, two wounded

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One man was killed and two others were wounded in an early morning shooting Saturday on Buffalo's East Side.

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Buffalo Police need new cars, a lot of new cars. That is from Police Benevolent Association President John Evans, who has been complaining for a while that the city has to buy more patrol cars and make sure they are properly maintained. He says the city isn't doing either.

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Funding for body-worn cameras has been delivered to some local police departments.