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Video: Buffalo Police Officer Suspended Without Pay Over Video

April 29, 2014  | 

VIDEO: Buffalo Police Officer Suspended Without Pay Over Video

Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda spoke to members of the media Monday to discuss a video that surfaced over the weekend that shows a handcuffed man being slapped and kicked by Buffalo (N.Y.) PD officers, reports WGRZ-TV.

Buffalo Police have now suspended one officer without pay pending an investigation into the April 19th incident. Five others were placed on administrative leave.

The incident happened near Philadelphia and Ontario Street around 10:30pm. Derenda says the suspect was stopped by police for a vehicle and traffic infraction. He says about five or six officers responded to the scene.

Derenda would not discuss specifics of the incident, nor would he comment on if the department had identified any of the officers, or their current status with the department. "It is going to take a little bit of time … investigators have been making progress since Friday."

Tags: Officer Misconduct, Citizen Video, Buffalo PD, Internal Investigations


Comments (21)

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Janet @ 4/30/2014 7:02 AM

One or two bad apples will spoil a good barrel. What has happen to work ethics and effort? Do the right thing when it comes to unnecessary use of force.

Capt. Crunch @ 4/30/2014 4:49 PM

I am not condoning police brutality, I saw the tape and it looked like the suspect was on drugs. I also think if the 6 police officers wanted to beat him( he the suspect) would not be able to complain the next day. The suspect would have a broken jaw and ribs, no knee caps and a broken collar bone. I saw the way the suspect spoke and his body language when interviewed by the media and he looked violent to me. The mayor seems to be going through the Obama, syndrome which means if you are a white cop you are wrong.

Lenny @ 5/1/2014 1:09 PM

@Capt. Crunch
That sounds very racist to me Cap.
You also suggest that the suspect(victim) was on drugs.
Do you feel it's OK for leos to beat anyone that they suspect
is on drugs? YOU also say that the suspect would have many
serious injuries including many broken bones and would probably
never walk again. Is this what police consider a standard beat down
for someone on drugs?(you are aware that pot is now legal in some
states)
Certainly sounds to me like you are condoning brutality, and that you
have considerabe experience with it. Are your lawyers still coming for
me in the summer?

Capt. Crunch @ 5/1/2014 2:46 PM

@ Lenny, read what I wrote, you will see that I am not condoning police brutality. My attorney says I have a good case against you but you don't have any money and you are not worth my time. My advice to you is stop being a Drama Queen.

Jim B. @ 5/2/2014 6:54 AM

Capt Crunch, are you serious? I'll give my take on the video in a separate post but I have to address your comment first. Do you really believe what you wrote or were you joking? He looked like he was on drugs? You must have been some kind of super cop if you can tell he was on drugs from what you saw in that video. That is the kind of assumption we usually criticize the uninformed general public for making. What are you basing that on?
He looked violent based on his body language and the way he spoke in the interview? What are you talking about?! He was sitting in a chair in an office, speaking in a normal tone of voice and at a conversational volume. Where is the "violent look"? Again, I'm hoping that post was just a joke designed to get a rise out of Lenny.

Jim B. @ 5/2/2014 7:07 AM

As far as the actual incident, I went to youtube and looked at the full posted video, not just to parts the news channel wanted to show. It starts out with what appears to be the suspect and one or two officers wrestling on the ground. I couldn't really tell whether the suspect was in handcuffs or not at that point, it didn't look like it to me. There is clearly a struggle going on but it looks reasonable and justified at that point, the suspect appears to be resisting.
Other officers arrive on scene and they get the suspect under control and cuffed. Everything appears to settle down for a few seconds and then one officer can be seen hitting the suspect in the head (looks like open hand slaps) and kicking the suspect in the arm, shoulder or ribs (couldn't really tell where they landed). Based on what you can see in the video, those actions don't look reasonable or justified. I didn't really have a problem with the video until those last few seconds.

Capt. Crunch @ 5/2/2014 7:40 AM

@ Jim B, are you drinking the same Kool aid as Lenny. I started my comment by saying I am not condoning police brutality which I don't believe in police brutality ( but I can understand why it happens). As far as the suspect goes he (the suspect) does not look like the pillar of the community. A person has to be crazy or on drugs to pick a fight with 6 police officers. Yes I read body language, have walked in a room and could tell if that person was going to be a problem or am I just gifted.

Capt. Crunch @ 5/2/2014 7:40 AM

@ Jim B, are you drinking the same Kool aid as Lenny. I started my comment by saying I am not condoning police brutality which I don't believe in police brutality ( but I can understand why it happens). As far as the suspect goes he (the suspect) does not look like the pillar of the community. A person has to be crazy or on drugs to pick a fight with 6 police officers. Yes I read body language, have walked in a room and could tell if that person was going to be a problem or am I just gifted.

Capt. Crunch @ 5/2/2014 7:40 AM

@ Jim B, are you drinking the same Kool aid as Lenny. I started my comment by saying I am not condoning police brutality which I don't believe in police brutality ( but I can understand why it happens). As far as the suspect goes he (the suspect) does not look like the pillar of the community. A person has to be crazy or on drugs to pick a fight with 6 police officers. Yes I read body language, have walked in a room and could tell if that person was going to be a problem or am I just gifted.

Jim B. @ 5/2/2014 1:24 PM

For starters Capt, no, I don't drink the same Kool Aid as Lenny. You'll notice I didn't refer to anything he said in my post. I take pains to simply ignore anything he says cuz I think that’s the best way to get him to go away. You'll also notice I never accused you of condoning police brutality. If something I said suggested otherwise to you, I apologize. No such intent existed. My issue was with some of the things you said. You said: "I saw the tape and it looked like the suspect was on drugs". That's a heck of a conclusion to draw from a grainy, dark, shaky cell phone vid. In your response to my post you say "A person has to be crazy or on drugs to pick a fight with 6 police officers". So which is it Capt, was he crazy or on drugs? The point is, you can't tell either one from a video. You can tell that he is fighting or resisting but not whether it's because he is crazy, drugged, stupid or something else altogether.

-Continued

Jim B. @ 5/2/2014 1:25 PM

It’s the difference between pointing out facts and drawing conclusion (conclusions without enough facts to support them, by the way). I would expect you to know the difference.
You went on to say “I saw the way the suspect spoke and his body language when interviewed by the media and he looked violent to me.” That’s the statement that really floored me. In your response you say “Yes I read body language, have walked in a room and could tell if that person was going to be a problem or am I just gifted.” Well, I have no doubt that you have done this Capt. I’ve done it a time or two myself. But I have to confess, I’m not seeing it in this news clip. Maybe you can educate me. What specifically did you see in the interview that led you to conclude he was violent? Other than the “fact” that he “does not look like the pillar of the community”.

-Continued

Jim B. @ 5/2/2014 1:27 PM

Let me be clear, I’m not suggesting this guy is a saint or that he is a pillar of the community. I’m not suggesting that he didn’t deserve to get arrested that night or that some force was needed to take him into custody. I don’t know that it was or wasn’t. As I said earlier, it looked like he was fighting in the beginning of the clip. If you fight the cops, don’t whine and complain when they fight back. And I’m not going to sit there and count the blows to make sure we only give as many as we get. We apply force until the resistance is overcome, you don’t like it, don’t resist. And that’s why I say here, it was all good up until the last few seconds of the video. There was resistance and the guy was fighting. The cops were fighting back and using reasonable force to gain control of him.

- Continued

Jim B. @ 5/2/2014 1:29 PM

More cops arrived, they got control, cuffs were on and it looked like the resistance had ceased. And THEN there were the slaps to the head and the kicks to the body. That’s what’s going to cause them problems. There may have been a justification for those actions but I couldn’t see what that might have been.

Capt. Crunch @ 5/2/2014 4:07 PM

@ Jim B, I apologize for putting your name in the same sentence with Lenny. I was not at the crime scene and all I could do is give you my opinion of what I read and saw on the tape and article. I don't know if IA is going to ding these officers or not I hope all goes well for them. As far as the suspect goes your right I can't tell if he is crazy or on drugs but I can tell he was not acting normal. As far as body language goes you will have to trust me on this one I will show you how to save a lot of money on drinks in a night club. LOL

Jim B. @ 5/3/2014 2:14 PM

Fair enough Capt. And like you, I hope for the best for the officers involved. Unfortunately, I do think the officer who did the slapping and kicking is going to have a hard go of it.

Lenny @ 5/3/2014 10:01 PM

"My attorney says I have a good case against you but you don't have any money and you are not worth my time. My advice to you is stop being a Drama Queen."
@ Capt. I believe what you meant to say is that you tried to threaten me with the on line version of a night in jail for resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer. I wasn't threatened, but embarrased you in front of all your cop buddies and now you need a way out. I'm also quite surprised that your lawyer(s) were able to accsess my banking and investment data from your country, that in itself may be a crime.
And lastly remember that it was you who threatened me with legal action for my comments pertaining near aparthied laws of one of your states. So who exactly is the Drama Queen?

S.S. @ 5/8/2014 5:15 AM

lenny, why are you such an ass? This for l.e.o. not for stupid soft canadiens who don't do jack anyways. Your just a waste of skin, and that is all. Why you continue to post I have no idea. You useless coward. Thank god you live in canada. You don't have the balls to ever post anything good that we as officers do on a daily basis. Not that we want it from you. It's just you're the kind of asshole who will kick a person when he's down even though you don't have the whole story. So do us all a favor go play with your dolls in your dead mommy's basement and please never come out. Your a pathetic joke.

Capt. Bill @ 5/12/2014 6:33 PM

It's clear to me that the cops were upset that the perp refused to let them perform a sex act on him. Offending cop is clearly on drugs.

Lenny @ 5/12/2014 8:55 PM

@SS
You certainly are an angry little boy aren't you?
I rarely post positive things on this site because I
am constantly insulted and threatened by people
like you.

Longarm9 @ 5/19/2014 12:23 PM

I'm a LEO from Canada and I just want to say that Canada does not endorse Lenny. He's a stupendous asshat.

pat schultz @ 9/17/2014 12:20 PM

capt crunch you are the reason police get a bad name

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