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Erie County legislators want to know how the 911 system responds to emergency calls of personal crisis. The deeper dive comes after a family called 911 for help with their mentally ill father and Buffalo Police ended up shooting him.

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As October approaches, stories about domestic violence will be plentiful in the news. National Domestic Violence Awareness Month is a time to talk about, and take action against, the crime that affects 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men in the United States. But along the Niagara River in the Town of Tonawanda is a living remembrance available every day.

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A Breonna Taylor protest march winding its way back to Buffalo City Hall Wednesday evening was disrupted when a pickup truck drove through the crowd and drove away, leaving an injured legal observer on Niagara Square with apparent broken bones.

Updated at 5:20 a.m. ET Thursday

Two Louisville Metropolitan Police officers have been shot as protesters marched to demand justice for Breonna Taylor following a limited indictment by a Jefferson County grand jury.

The officers were fired on after responding to a separate "shots fired call" at about 8:30 p.m. ET, Chief Robert Schroeder said in a brief press conference Wednesday evening.

One suspect has been taken into custody, Schroeder said.

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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. The 32-year-old, who asked that we not use her last name, said she participated in several protests demanding justice for Prude.

Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office

The woman known to the federal court system as Pascale Cecile Veronique Ferrier is being held in custody for another court hearing on Monday to figure out who she is and if there is probable cause that she may have mailed lethal ricin to President Trump.

A Jamestown man suffered serious but non-life-threatening leg injuries when he was struck by a car while crossing an intersection around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday.

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A Canadian woman accused of mailing a package containing ricin to the White House included a threatening letter in which she told President Donald Trump to “give up and remove your application for this election,” according to court papers filed Tuesday.

Erie County District Attorney's Office

Charges were announced, including an upgraded count in one case, against defendants accused in separate incidents resulting in the death of a young child.

Buffalo Police Video

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.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

A lot has happened in the week since Willie Henley, 60, was shot by a Buffalo Police officer during a mental health crisis call for help. And a lot more has to happen, according to the many voices who have spoken out about the shooting.


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A beautiful late summer day and the quest for racial justice brought out a crowd to Martin Luther King Jr. Park Sunday, continuing the push for basic changes in the Buffalo Police Department.

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City Hall proposals to have social workers and mental health professionals help police in the collisions of law enforcement and people in crisis is drawing fire. Western New York Agents for Change said it is all a bad idea.

Sixteen people were arrested Wednesday after a standoff outside City Hall between Rochester police and the protesters calling for justice in the death of Daniel Prude.

Prude was restrained by city police in March; he died a week later. Protests have been ongoing since earlier this month when Prude's family and attorney released police body camera footage of the incident.

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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.

Dozens of protesters calling for justice in the death of Daniel Prude marched from the Public Safety Building to Rochester City Hall on Tuesday morning.

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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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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.

Since a video of the arrest of Daniel Prude was released two weeks ago, calls for police reform have grown louder and more insistent.

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Mayor Lovely Warren has fired Rochester Police Chief La’Ron Singletary, effective immediately, and suspended her top communications aide and the city’s attorney for 30 days without pay.

Two elected officials have asked the U.S. Justice Department's Civil Rights Division to investigate police conduct during the Daniel Prude protests. 

Prude suffocated in Rochester Police custody in March and died a week later. 

Details about the incident were kept quiet until Prude's family came forward early this month. Police body camera footage shows Prude nude with a bag known as a spit shield on his head. Officers pinned him to the ground. 

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said there will be major changes in the way police deal with people who are dealing with mental illness, a change bargained with the Police Benevolent Association. But protesters said they not only want those changes, but a change in the mayor's office.

Phillip Boudreaux / Spectrum News / WXXI News

Hundreds of demonstrators marched through parts of Rochester Saturday night night in an 11th night of protests over the death of Daniel Prude.

Prude died in March, a week after being restrained by officers on the ground on Jefferson Avenue, but news of his death only came to light a little over a week ago when bodycam video was released. His death was ruled a homicide. Seven police officers were suspended and a state grand jury investigation is pending.

The Rev. Lewis Stewart said Thursday that the Rev. Jesse Jackson is considering coming to Rochester next week. 

Stewart spoke with the national civil rights leader on Wednesday and other members of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition in recent days. He said Jackson has been closely watching the recent unrest in Rochester. 

There has been more than a week of protests and rallies in Rochester since the public learned of the March death of Daniel Prude.

Prude is the 41-year-old Chicago man who was visiting his brother in Rochester. His brother, Joe Prude, called police because Daniel was having a mental health crisis, and they eventually found him running naked on Jefferson Avenue. Officers pinned him to the pavement, he lost consciousness and died a week later. The death was ruled a homicide.

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The Rochester Police command staff, including outgoing Chief La'Ron Singletary, met with City Council members and Mayor Lovely Warren via Zoom on Thursday about the ongoing unrest in the city.

Two local men are accused of taking the opportunity to get an unearned piece of the action from a federal program to subsidize businesses hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Two Buffalo women were sentenced in State Supreme Court Thursday for throwing Molotov cocktails into a West Side Buffalo home on New Year's Day.

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Rochester Police Locust Club President Michael Mazzeo and Rochester Police Chief La’Ron Singletary will not serve on the city-county Commission on Racial and Structural Equity, Commission Co-chair Bill Johnson said Wednesday.

Max Schulte / WXXI News

The protest rallies and marches continued for a seventh straight night in Rochester on Tuesday, with events beginning on Jefferson Avenue in the city, near where Daniel Prude was pinned to the pavement by police in March. He died a week later, but news about his death came to light with police bodycam video released last week, sparking days of protest and nationwide condemnation by activists, political leaders and many other people.

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