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Calls for stronger Buffalo police oversight by residents, not cops, get louder

Calls for stronger Buffalo police oversight by residents, not cops, get louder

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BY: WIVB Staff
PUBLISHED: Feb 11, 2021

During a rare meeting of Buffalo Common Council’s Police Oversight Committee, a group of community members asked, again, for the support of a new model of police supervision led by city residents bestowed with the authority to subpoena police and investigate complaints against officers.

Those community members, who serve on the all-volunteer Buffalo Community Police Advisory Board, got an answer they were not expecting.

Common Council member Ulysees O. Wingo told them during the Zoom meeting a month ago that such a model already exists, and it is the committee of council members that they were appearing before: the Police Oversight Committee.

“It’s just a matter of using this current structure because now we’re talking about recommending another police advisory board with a new structure that is literally impeding on the powers that are already given to the Common Council,” Wingo said.

“And I’m taking a risk by saying this but we have the structure built now and I don’t want us to think just because this is not getting us the result as fast as we want, that we need to change it and do something else.”

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