BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) – A shocking video is circulating on the internet and social media making viewers ask if it shows proof of police brutality by the Buffalo Police Department. The video, taken on a cell phone, shows what appears to be a Buffalo Police officer hitting and kicking a man in handcuffs.
News 4 has been investigating this story since the video was first sent by a viewer last week. Many others have emailed links to the video telling News 4 they were outraged by what it appears to show.
The video was taken last Saturday at about 11:00 p.m. in the area of Philadelphia and Ontario Streets. It appears to show a Buffalo Police officer slapping a man who is handcuffed on the ground. The video then appears to show the officer kicking the man and then hitting him again. Viewers can hear the man in handcuffs yell, “Stop kicking me!”
WATCH the full video below. Warning: some severe language can be heard.
Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda spoke to the media Monday about the incident. He said officials are working to identify the officers involved in the incident. He would not comment directly on the video.
Buffalo Police spokesperson Mike DeGeorge released a statement Sunday night saying, “Buffalo Police became aware of the video on Friday and Commissioner Daniel Derenda immediately ordered the Internal Affairs Division to open an investigation into the matter.”
News 4 Investigates has verified an arrest was made. News 4 interviewed the man seen being arrested and the story from his point-of-view will be shown on News 4 and WIVB.com on Monday.