Pridgen: Access an Issue on Waterfront

Says Party Guests Were Harassed for Traveling Near Waterfront Homes


Buffalo, NY (WBEN) - Buffalo Common Council President Darius Pridgen took to Facebook to express concerns about police enforcement of the waterfront during the Fourth of July.

In a video, Pridgen says that guests arriving to his party were stopped and questioned by police before being allowed to go through to his waterfront home. Pridgen said he had a similar problem over the past four years.

"I live near Canalside, and the people coming to my house, several of them were asked for identification to be able to come to my house," Pridgen said.

Pridgen posted a nearly seven-minute video to Facebook last night. See it here:

Buffalo Police Lieutenant Jeff Rinaldo acknowledged Wednesday that they are aware of the controversy.

"We have opened up an internal review of what happened and an investigation has been ordered by the commissioner of police in regards to that," he said. "I can tell you that area is, unfortunately, a dead end once you cross Lakefront Boulevard. It ends at the marina, turns around, and comes back."

Rinaldo said that traffic tie ups often occur in that area but couldn't comment on the calls for identification requests because he wasn't there.

"In the Buffalo Police Department we expect everyone to be treated equally," Rinaldo said. "When accusations arise...the commissioner is quick to open up an investigation and we look at it. I know that Internal Affairs will be speaking to the lieutenant responsible for that area as well as the officers on those post. If there's merit to it, quick action will be taken."


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