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and analysis.

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by Jim Heaney

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by Dan Telvock

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and commentary

Jun
06

State accredits Buffalo police

The Buffalo Police Department has finally been accredited by outside evaluators. The City Charter requires such accreditation, but the department had long ignored the mandate. That changed when Investigative Post reported the requirement in January 2017. Since then, police officials have been working with a division of the state Department of Criminal Justice to review […]

May
21

The cost of suspending driver’s licenses

 A “staggering” number of motorists across the state, including Western New York, lose their driver’s license every year. The state suspends more than a half-million annually; the count in Erie County approaches 26,000. Drivers can lose their license without violating traffic laws. Failure to pay state taxes or make child support payments are among the […]

Feb
27

City Hall cashing in on traffic tickets

 First, City Hall talked the state into allowing it to keep most of the money from traffic tickets issued by Buffalo police. Police then started handing out tickets in record numbers, jumping from around 32,000 in the year before the Buffalo Traffic Violations Agency was created in 2015 to more than 52,000 the year […]

Jan
14

Investigation begins into deadly cop shooting

The father of a man fatally shot by a Buffalo police officer last month has retained two law firms to investigate his son’s death. The firms, Neufeld Scheck & Brustin in New York City and Easton Thompson Kasperek Shiffrin in Rochester, are both well-known for their work on civil rights cases. A representative of the […]

Dec
03

No prosecution in deadly police shooting

Editor’s note: The clip above shows the key minute of the encounter between police and Rafael Rivera. A second clip below expands on that video. In an announcement Monday, Erie County District Attorney John Flynn said the Buffalo police officer who fatally shot Rafael “Pito” Rivera in September did nothing wrong and will not be […]

Oct
09

State finds police fault in Lehner drowning

A state investigation into the drowning of Buffalo police diver Craig Lehner identified numerous problems with the policies and procedures of the city’s Underwater Recovery Unit. The report by the Public Employee Safety and Health Bureau of the state Labor Department concluded that Lehner drowned last October after his tether line became snagged on a boulder about 25 […]

Oct
05

Heaney discusses fatal police shooting

Jim Heaney discusses his coverage of the fatal police shooting of Rafael “Pito” Rivera with Susan Arbetter on The Capitol Pressroom. Heaney also noted the absence of concern, much less criticism, from elected officials or most activist organizations in the city in the face of the death of three men of color in encounters with […]

Sep
19

Police policy seen as lacking on de-escalation

The Buffalo Police Department’s use of force policy lacks “important provisions” and is “very weak” on the de-escalation of crisis situations, two national experts have told Investigative Post. The shortcomings, first documented by Investigative Post two years ago, are again open to question following the fatal shooting of Rafael “Pito” Rivera, 32, by a police […]