Police Oversight Committee

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Buffalo's Common Council slapped down the Brown administration Wednesday and refused immediate passage of a contract to provide body cameras for police officers. Members bounced the proposed contract to next Wednesday's Legislation Committee meeting.

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The Buffalo Common Council's Police Oversight Committee, before hearing from police administrators about key issues, introduced members of a newly-formed community panel that will offer a voice in the police department's relationship with the public.


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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.


Watchdog groups in Buffalo are skeptical of a new crowd control device that the Buffalo Police Department has purchased. It will be used to disperse crowds when they become unruly.

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They don't meet often. So when the Buffalo Common Council's Police Oversight Committee held its latest meeting Tuesday in City Hall, they got an earful about several concerns. They include two deaths involving Buffalo Police officers, the city's Strike Force and whether checkpoints are being carried out fairly throughout the city.


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Monitoring police conduct has become a pressing issue in recent years across the nation. Many cities have responded by increasing civilian oversight. But as Daniela Porat with our partner Investigative Post has found, there is little effort to hold police accountable in Buffalo.


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Immediately following a lengthy meeting by its Police Oversight Committee, the Buffalo Common Council passed resolutions asking the Buffalo Police Department to seek state accreditation and document its policies regarding the use of force.


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Members of the Criminal Justice department at Buffalo State College say it's a balancing act, protecting public freedom and safety while allowing police the right to protect themselves. During a forum hosted at the college Thursday, speakers discussed perceptions of police militarization and how they vary depending on time and place.


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Whether it was local elected officials, leaders in the faith community, retired law enforcers or other everyday people, Western New Yorkers reacting to this week's events in Baton Rouge, suburban Minneapolis-St. Paul and Dallas are calling for renewed conversation and respect. 

Buffalo's police union and the city's police commissioner have different opinions about the union's proposal to provide patrol officers with higher-powered guns than their currently-issued pistols. City lawmakers, meanwhile, are not ready to commit one way or another.


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Members of Buffalo's Burmese community are raising concerns about a large number of unsolved crimes on the city's West Side. Dozens of new residents turned out for the Common Council's Police Oversight Committee meeting.

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After several high-profile incidents, including a Buffalo Police officer caught on camera beating a handcuffed man, the Common Council has reinstated its Police Oversight Committee.