Rafael "Pito" Rivera

HoganWillig Attorneys at Law

Late last week, the family of a man fatally shot during a Buffalo police pursuit last year filed a civil lawsuit against the City of Buffalo, its Police Department and the officers involved. The suit, in addition to claiming denial of civil rights and negligence, includes allegations of ethnic bias by the officers who pursued and shot Rafael "Pito" Rivera. WBFO asked a local attorney to look at the civil case filed on behalf of Rivera's family.

PUSH Buffalo

No charges are being filed against a Buffalo Police officer who fatally shot a man he was attempting to apprehend.

PUSH Buffalo

As calling hours take place before Thursday morning's funeral for Rafael "Pito" Rivera, PUSH Buffalo has set up a GoFundMe webpage to gather donations for the grieving family.

Chris Caya WBFO News

The fatal shooting of Rafael "Pito" Rivera, by a Buffalo Police Officer, last Wednesday, topped Tuesday's meeting of the Common Council's Police Oversight Committee.


The lawyer for Buffalo Police officer Elnur Karadzhaev says the evidence will show the officer defended himself and shot 32-year-old Rafael "Pito" Rivera within the law.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

The attorney for the family of Rafael "Pito" Rivera says a high-definition surveillance video clearly shows Rivera running away from Buffalo Police when he was fatally shot early Wednesday morning.