Buffalo City Traffic Court is being investigated by lawmakers, which could lead to hundreds of violations being dismissed. The focus is on allegations of a hearing officer acting as prosecutor, judge, and jury.
Free the People of Western New York held a community discussion at the Belle Center in Buffalo Thursday night to share ideas about police reform and accountability.
For months, all of us have called on Governor Cuomo to exercise his clemency power during the COVID-19 outbreak and release as many people from jail and prison as possible, but he has taken no meaningful action. We need Governor Cuomo to take immediate action and release all aging people at the Adirondack Correctional Facility.
Following news this week that the Buffalo Police Department is disbanding its traffic division, a local coalition of advocates for defunding the police are calling for the city to stop police enforcement of traffic altogether.
Jesús Hernandez was enjoying time with his family, when Buffalo police officers arrived on his property forcing him to come with them for questioning. Hernandez reflects on how this incident impacted himself and his family, what structural changes need to be made, and what healing looks like for himself and his community.
Arthur Green rallied outside Governor Cuomo’s New York City office to call on Cuomo to release the incarcerated native New Yorker, who is 70 years-old, has been in prison 44 years, and is currently dying in prison hospice of end stage renal failure.
You may have seen that Mayor Brown and Council President Pridgen are proposing to purchase tasers and bolawraps for the BPD, as well as finance a data center, the details of that center are unclear. According to this article the price tag is $3.9 million which the mayor is hoping will be covered by federal grants that have not been received yet.
So many aspects of policing are influenced by the police contract – yet residents have virtually no input over what is in it! During COVID one of the only ways elected officials hear from their representatives are by phone, email and social media, so this is how city legislatures hear from YOU what matters to YOU.