By Aaron Besecker | Published Sun, May 6, 2018
As the Buffalo Police Department gets closer to equipping officers with body-worn cameras, a local advocacy group and think tank has urged the department to engage the community before finalizing its internal policy surrounding body-camera use.
By Maki Becker | Published in The Buffalo News, April 26, 2018 |
Updated April 26, 2018 Judges impose money bail too often in
Buffalo and the use of cash bail unfairly affects poor defendants
who end up spending more time in jail simply they cannot afford to
pay up, according to a new study by the …
Following advocacy by the Open Buffalo Justice and Opportunity Coalition and Partnership for the Public Good, the Buffalo Common Council has created a Community Advisory Body on Police Oversight, as reported in the Buffalo News this week.
We recognize the disbanding of the Strike Force as a major reform. We renew our call for three additional reforms critical to better policing in the City of Buffalo: expanded and mandatory community policing, disbanding of the housing unit, and an end to arrests for marijuana possession.
“They were started to be tough on crime and we know that’s coded language for policing black and brown neighborhoods,” said Natasha Soto, a co-founder of Just Resisting, a racial and criminal justice group that promotes the empowerment of people of color.
Recent events have underscored the importance of making changes to
the laws, policies, and practices that govern policing in Buffalo.
In recent years, PPG has published extensive research on policing
and made numerous recommendations for reforms based on best
practices from other cities. This week, …
Partnership for the Public Good welcomed 52 partners and 62 total
community members to the first floor community room of the Market
Arcade on December 15th, 2017. Their task? Vote on 21 different
pitches to settle 2018’s “Community Agenda,” an amalgamation of
policy planks that …
The brief analyzes the last five years of data on arrests for
low-level marijuana possession within the City of Buffalo and
across Erie County, obtained from the New York State Division of
Criminal Justice Services. It explores the consistent racial
disparities in arrests from 2012-2016, the …