Council ignores police ignoring Council

The Common Council committee charged with overseeing Buffalo police failed Tuesday to take up the department ignoring conditions lawmakers set for the purchase of 125 high-powered rifles two years ago.

Investigative Post reported in October that police officials unilaterally changed training requirements and that most officers had not completed the training required by the Council to use the rifles. Police estimated it will be another two years before all officers are trained. As a result, more than half of the guns remain under lock at police headquarters.

David Rivera, the Niagara District Council member who heads the Police Oversight Committee, did not place the issue on Tuesday’s agenda. Rivera said he was unaware of the problem. The committee typically meets twice a year.