The Buffalo Common Council has championed a “Right to Know” law, patterned on a Syracuse ordinance meant to bolster police transparency and accountability. Buffalo should adopt the measure.
By the account of friends and family, Frears was a physically healthy man of 27. How he ended up dead last week inside the Erie County Holding Center has Howard and other friends and family seeking answers.
Generations of Black and brown people have experienced police violence in their communities, but the death of George Floyd ignited the powder keg of America’s racial reckoning.
NYS Attorney General files lawsuit against Erie County Sheriff for failing to address misconduct claims
NYS AG Letitia James has filed a lawsuit against the Erie County Sheriff and Erie County for failing to address sexual misconduct in the correctional facilities.
The Buffalo Common Council may approve as early as next month a Right to Know Law to enhance police transparency and accountability.
A recent ruling in Erie County Court requires the Erie County District Attorney’s Office to share with defense attorneys the full disciplinary record of any police officer who will be called as a witness in a criminal case.
The Buffalo Police Advisory Board has submitted draft legislation to the Common Council to establish a new oversight board that would hold police accountable. The new body would be composed of community members only, and would have the power to subpoena power to investigate complaints and, most importantly, a process for making sure police are disciplined or fired for misconduct.