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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said there are significant changes coming to the Buffalo Police Department, although he would not elaborate during a large gathering in MLK Park Sunday.

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In a moment of national reckoning over structural racism and police brutality against people of color, Buffalo residents are sharing personal stories of encountering police violence and discrimination.


Updated at 12:09 a.m. ET Monday

Nine members of the Minneapolis City Council pledged their support for "dismantling" the city's police department, representing a veto-proof majority of the 13 council members.

The council members announced their position Sunday from the stage at a rally organized by black activists in response to the May 25 killing of George Floyd while in police custody.

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A video of Buffalo Police Department officers pushing an elderly white protester has been viewed more than 80 million times on Twitter. Mayor Byron Brown appeared on MSNBC. A CNN crew was at Niagara Square. 

 

The city of Buffalo has been thrust into the national spotlight of the police brutality protests, after WBFO captured video Thursday of two officers shoving 75-year-old Martin Gugino to the ground outside City Hall, where he bled from his head.

 

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A week after protests began in Buffalo over the police killing of George Floyd, one of the largest crowds yet gathered in Niagara Square Saturday evening to call for concrete police reforms.

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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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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.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says the video footage of an elderly white man in Buffalo knocked down by police and left to bleed on the sidewalk made him “sick to his stomach”, and he called for an investigation into criminal charges for the offices involved by the Erie County District Attorney. The governor’s comments come as protests continue in cities around the state with no signs of abating, and the legislature planned to meet Monday to discuss bills dealing with police brutality.

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One of the people involved in Thursday's long march for racial justice is a former Buffalo police officer, fired short of her pension for trying to stop another officer from beating another prisoner.

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For many parents and mentors, approaching the topic of the killing of George Floyd and race relations in the United States can be difficult. A local mentoring group for young men of color is considering what steps they might take to effect change in their communities. WBFO’s Thomas O’Neil-White spoke with Say Yes Buffalo’s Boys and Young Men of Color Initiative Director Tommy McClam.


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Ten straight days of nationwide protests have brought more attention than ever to an issue many Buffalo residents described Thursday as a longtime problem in Western New York: police brutality against people of color.


Shortly after Buffalo’s curfew started Thursday evening, city police and State Police swept through the area of Niagara Square directly in front of City Hall to clear the area where a protest was finishing. An unidentified, 75-year-old man was shoved by two officers wearing tactical gear. The man lost his balance and fell to the pavement, audibly hitting his head with blood running out from under his head. 

Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is urging the thousands of New Yorkers who are participating in social justice protests to get tested for the coronavirus to help prevent another potential outbreak. 


Updated at 4:53 p.m. ET

A memorial was held Thursday for George Floyd, who died last week after a police officer pressed a knee into his neck while detaining him in Minneapolis, triggering protests across the country.

In front of a golden casket and flower bouquets, and against a backdrop of artwork depicting Floyd saying, "I can breathe now," his brother Philonise shared memories of growing up together, eating banana mayonnaise sandwiches and sleeping in the same bed as kids.

Updated at 3:15 p.m. ET

U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Thursday defended the decision to order that protesters be driven back from a park near the White House this week and said extremist groups were involved in sometimes violent demonstrations in the aftermath of George Floyd's death.

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There were fewer incidences of looting of stores and other businesses around the state on Tuesday night, after three nights that left many stores damaged and empty of merchandise.  Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in his daily briefing Wednesday, also read from the Bible to make a point about President Donald Trump's controversial photo opportunity on Monday.


Venturing further into the public discourse he had largely held back from since relinquishing the Oval Office to President Trump, former President Barack Obama joined a virtual town hall Wednesday to advocate for the kind of hope and change that once inspired a nation to twice elect him as its leader.

Updated at 5:16 p.m. ET

Derek Chauvin now faces a charge of second-degree murder in addition to earlier charges, and three other former Minneapolis police officers who were involved in George Floyd's death face charges of aiding and abetting murder, according to new court documents.

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown is promising to listen to proposals for changes in city policing, while attacking those who vandalized and looted Saturday and Monday night.

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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.

It's not often that Justin Trudeau is caught speechless.

But when the Canadian prime minister was asked what he thought of President Trump's actions to quash a wave of protests across the U.S., Trudeau paused before responding – for 21 seconds as the cameras recorded his awkward silence.

During a Tuesday news conference in front of his Ottawa residence, the prime minister fielded this question from a reporter:

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As protests and riots sparked by the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on Memorial Day continue to sweep the country, Buffalo parents are weighing in about how they’re talking to their children about disturbing events in the news—and race.


Updated at 2 a.m. ET Wednesday

Protesters — raw, sad and angry over the killing of George Floyd and the disproportionately high number of black people who face injustice, violence and death — filled the streets again on Tuesday.

Mostly peaceful throughout the day, the demonstrators faced police officers, National Guard troops and other forces.

Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he’s outraged and disappointed over the continued looting of several stores that took place overnight in New York City, and he said that city’s mayor and police department did not do their jobs.


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Western New York officially began Phase Two of reopening Tuesday, although the announcement was somewhat clouded by growing unrest and new curfews due to the killing of George Floyd.

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Officials in the Buffalo Police Department addressed the vehicular ramming of officers on Bailey Avenue Monday night, but questions remain.


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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown has issued a citywide curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. from Tuesday through Sunday to help curb the possibility of violent incidents stemming from civil unrest following the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. 

Updated at 11:46 a.m. ET

Former Vice President Joe Biden condemned both police violence and President Trump's increasingly confrontational response to widespread unrest in a Tuesday morning speech delivered at Philadelphia City Hall.

Thomas O'Neil-White

The death of George Floyd while in police custody has ignited protests across the country. In downtown Buffalo on Saturday, what began as a peaceful protest later turned into a night of vandalism in parts of the city.


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