Willie Henley

Buffalo Common Council members are working on a plan that would have the police department hire full-time mental health professional to aid officers on crisis calls. But they're not rushing to pass a resolution. In the meantime, it appeared following Tuesday's Council Legislation Committee meeting that the proposed police reform bill known as Cariol's Law might be brought to a vote the following week.

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Police everywhere are looking for alternatives to an officer's service revolver. Buffalo Police say they are are now studying a device called a BolaWrap.

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A lot has happened in the week since Willie Henley, 60, was shot by a Buffalo Police officer during a mental health crisis call for help. And a lot more has to happen, according to the many voices who have spoken out about the shooting.


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A beautiful late summer day and the quest for racial justice brought out a crowd to Martin Luther King Jr. Park Sunday, continuing the push for basic changes in the Buffalo Police Department.

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City Hall proposals to have social workers and mental health professionals help police in the collisions of law enforcement and people in crisis is drawing fire. Western New York Agents for Change said it is all a bad idea.

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Street protests and the shooting of a mentally ill man on Saturday are heating up the relationship between Buffalo's Common Council and Mayor Byron Brown - but not in a good way.

Protestors marched from Buffalo's Willert Park neighborhood to gather in front of the Erie County Courthouse Tuesday evening, demanding the resignation of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, Police Chief Byron Lockwood and Erie County District Attorney John Flynn.

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Starting in October, Buffalo Police will be calling for social workers trained to deal with acute mental health crises in 911 cases that vex law enforcement.

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Protesters gathered in Niagara Square Monday evening to decry the recent shooting of a man by Buffalo Police officers and to call for immediate police reforms, including how officers respond to mental health crises.


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A 60-year-old man who was shot by a Buffalo Police officer during the weekend has been charged after investigators say he struck an officer with an aluminum baseball bat during the encounter. In addition, Willie Henley has been ordered by a judge to undergo a mental health examination.

Free The People, a coalition of various racial justice and police reform groups in greater Buffalo holds another protest at 3:30 p.m. at Niagara Square. Phylicia Brown, Executive Director of Black Lives Resist in the Rust, said Saturday's shooting of Willie Henley, 60, is only the latest example of the problems inside the Buffalo Police Department.

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said there will be major changes in the way police deal with people who are dealing with mental illness, a change bargained with the Police Benevolent Association. But protesters said they not only want those changes, but a change in the mayor's office.