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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The recent national stories about police brutality spurred a series of protests on Friday night.

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Proposals to limit competition with existing cable companies have sparked a backlash. 

A noon protest is planned for Thursday outside Verizon headquarters Downtown.

The telecommunications giant has cut a deal with Time-Warner and Comcast which opponents say will limit competition and potentially raise rates.

Political and union leaders are attacking the deal now before federal regulators, claiming it's a monopolistic situation.

During a call-in last night, they told callers Washington should back away and let competition take its course.