Common Council approves police reform agenda measures

Council approves call for report on body cam policy, police stop database

Tom Puckett
July 08, 2020 - 4:00 am

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) The Buffalo Common Council has approved measures as part of police reform in the city.

The action by lawmakers during their Tuesday meeting comes following an active period of protests and demonstrations in the city as part of the national Black Lives Matter movement.

One item that was approved is a report on body cam policy. "We are being informed sometimes they are not being utilized when they should be, and not being able to be used as either evidence to protect police or against police," says Council President Darius Pridgen. "Body cameras protect police and people, so we want to make sure they are not being arbitraily being cut off, especially when police are dealing with citizens. We want them to stay on."

Another reform approved is a database on police traffic stops. "We have been requested by some groups there be a database for police stops. There are a lot of assumptions out there where police stop, who they stop, so I want to see the data on those things," notes Pridgen.

Pridgen says some of the matters will go back to the legislative committees. "They are sent to committee for further discussion or to wait on the data. Insteading of adopting it and sending it to the abyss, we send it to a committee so we can follow up and make sure what we're requesting is being provided," explains Pridgen.

The council also named David Rivera and Mitch Nowakowski to the Buffalo Police Task Force, which will be charged with moving police reform forward.

Pridgen says expect more reforms to come. "We will move this ball, and listen to the public. The goal is for police to go home alive, and people go home alive, and to build public trust," says Pridgen.


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