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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.

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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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The family of Daniel Prude is asking a federal court to direct the Rochester Police Department to reform its process for investigating incidents in which officers use force, to implement policies that ensure officers who use unjustified force are disciplined, and to appoint a federal monitor to oversee those reforms.

Rochester Police chief and his command staff step down

Sep 9, 2020
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Rochester Police Chief La’Ron Singletary and one of his top deputy chiefs announced simultaneously Tuesday that they would step down -- the starkest political fallout yet from the news of the death of Daniel Prude.

New York State Attorney General Letitia James has announced legal action against several Buffalo-based debt collection operations and their owners and managers. They are accused of using illegal methods to collect debts.

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Protests calling for changes in local government leadership and justice for Daniel Prude continued for a sixth consecutive night on Monday in Rochester.

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Several naked or near-naked protesters sat outside Rochester’s Public Safety Building early Monday morning. They were also wearing spit hoods, the kind of device that police put on Daniel Prude last March as they pinned him to the pavement on Jefferson Avenue. He lost consciousness and died a week later.

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Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren and Police Chief La’Ron Singletary spoke out on Sunday about what can be done to prevent the type of death that happened in March when a 41-year-old man died in police custody. Daniel Prude's family had called police to say he was having mental health issues and he was found running naked on Jefferson Avenue.

Against the advice of counsel, Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said Thursday that she is suspending seven police officers involved in the death of 41-year-old Daniel Prude.

Earlier Thursday, City Council wrote a letter to Warren calling for the officers to be placed on administrative leave. The officers are suspended with pay, and Warren said she understood that the police union may sue the city over the move.

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.

Erie County District Attorney's Office

A New York State trooper who was terminated in 2010 has been charged with misrepresenting himself as law enforcement in order to gain personal information from four victims and forcible sex from two of them.

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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.  

 


Erie County District Attorney's Office

A Niagara Falls man has pleaded guilty in the stabbing death of his ex-girlfriend.

Buffalo Police

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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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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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.

A former Boy Scout leader from Hamburg has been indicted on one felony and five misdemeanor counts in connection with allegations of sexual conduct with two juveniles.

The former speaker of New York's Assembly has started his prison sentence, while the man who gunned down John Lennon has been denied parole again.

A Buffalo woman has pleaded guilty in for assaulting a federal officer with her spit.

A City of Tonawanda man has been virtually arraigned in Erie County Court for killing one man and injuring two police officers.

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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New York Republican Party Chairman Nick Langworthy and local Republican officials met Tuesday to back law enforcement officers ahead of the 2020 election.

NYCLU

An attorney for a trans woman who sued Steuben County hopes the settlement reached in the case will change jail policies in the future.

A man that Erie County District Attorney John Flynn says was a suspect from the start was arraigned Friday morning in connection with a gruesome hit-and-run on Broadway near Bailey Avenue three summers ago.

The Erie County District Attorney has announced charges against a Buffalo man who, prosecutors say, was behind the steering wheel of a car which struck another on Pomona Place last fall, killing two people in the other vehicle.

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A Lockport man has been sentenced to two years of probation for brandishing a gun during a car crash.

A Buffalo man has been indicted in the stabbing death of a woman in the Town of Tonawanda in March.

Eight people have been rounded up in an early Wednesday morning drug raid. The U.S. Attorney's Office said the eight are part of a drug ring that stretched from Buffalo to Mexico.

A Buffalo man was virtually arraigned Tuesday in connection with the death of his girlfriend's infant son.

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