Nine Arrested After Protesting Sheriff Howard

Group Staged Three Protests in One Day

Richard Root
May 25, 2017 - 5:55 am

WBEN Photo/Tim Wenger


Buffalo, NY (WBEN) - The group "Showing Up for Racial Justice in Buffalo" organized three protests against Sheriff Tim Howard yesterday.  When the day was done, nine of the group had been arrested.

Protesters made it inside the Erie County Sheriff's Office yesterday and started chanting "black lives matters" before four were arrested.

The first protest was at the Sheriff's administrative offices on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo.  About 15 protesters were actually allowed inside the office, ostensibly to voice their complaints.

But then, they started chanting. When they were asked to leave, they locked arms, sat on the floor, and continued to chant "black lives matters". Four were arrested for trespassing.

Afterwards, they set up a protest in front of the Erie County Holding Center. Some sat down and blocked the doors to the building.  Five were arrested there.

A final protest away from the doors went on without any arrests.

The group says there's a lack of accountability for deaths and poor conditions in county jails. They want Sheriff Howard fired. 

On their Facebook page the group is trying to arrange yet another protest sometime today outside the Buffalo City Court Building (Frank A. Sedita City Court) at 50 Delaware Avenue to support those arrested during yesterday's protests.

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