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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 […]

Sep
15

Video shows deadly police shooting

 A video of the shooting of Rafael “Pito” Rivera shows he was running from police when an officer shot him twice at close range, according to an Investigative Post review of the footage. The video shows Rivera falling as he turns off Plymouth Avenue into the parking lot of the former School 77 about […]

Sep
14

Attorney: Video shows “bad shoot” by police

Rafael “Pito” Rivera was running from police and posed no threat to officers when one of them shot him several times in the back, the attorney representing Rivera’s family has told Investigative Post. Steve Cohen made his claim of a “bad shoot” based on a video taken from a surveillance camera that captured the shooting […]

Sep
13

Attorney senses a police coverup is afoot

Steve Cohen – a civil rights attorney retained by the family of Rafael “Pito” Rivera, who was shot dead by police Wednesday – told Investigative Post he suspects Buffalo police are engaging in a coverup. Cohen, in an exclusive interview with Investigative Post, said police have been uncooperative, to the point of refusing to allow […]

Jul
02

Lehner family sues over police diver’s drowning

The family of Officer Craig Lehner filed a wrongful death lawsuit Monday against City Hall and the Buffalo Police Department. Lehner drowned during a dive training exercise in the Niagara River last October with the department’s Underwater Recovery Team. The lawsuit contends the city and police department “violated and departed from” the rules and regulations […]

Jun
28

Lehner family to file wrongful death lawsuit

The family of Officer Craig Lehner intends to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the Buffalo Police Department and the City of Buffalo in the coming weeks, an attorney for the family confirmed to Investigative Post. The family had previously signaled its intention to do so with the filing of a notice of claim. Lehner drowned during […]