Hundreds of cops suspended or fired in Western New York?
A new report shows that more than 225 police and prison guards in Western New York, we have suspended, terminated or resigned within the past 5 years.
The current climate
The political and social climate in recent years has put law enforcement under a microscope. Some believe this is unfair and that the changes made as a result have gone too far and prevented the police from doing their job effectively. Others believe that despite the changes, the police are abusing their power too much and that more needs to be done.
Viral video that fueled the conversation
A recent viral video added fuel to the metaphorical fire of this debate. It shows Syracuse Police Department officers detaining an 8-year-old boy after receiving a report that the child stole a bag of chips.
A passerby in Syracuse captured the video and posted it to Twitter, which you can see below.
A WNY Law Enforcement Report
Here in western New York a Buffalo News Report came out purported to represent “the broadest public review ever conducted into cases of police misconduct in Erie and Niagara counties.” You can see that full report here.
In the report, the Buffalo News gave a specific number to represent cases of police misconduct in Erie and Niagara counties since 2017, saying that:
More than 225 police officers and prison guards in Western New York have been suspended, fired or resigned while facing misconduct allegations over the past five years.
The Buffalo News has also created a database that includes a roundup of those police records from the state Division of Criminal Justice Services, and you can see that full list here.
How does that make you feel?
There are thousands of officers and prison guards in western New York. In Buffalo alone, there are approximately 900 police officers. Does this report and this information concern you?