BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown spoke late Monday afternoon after a video surfaced online Sunday which allegedly shows at least one Buffalo Police officer hitting and kicking a man handcuffed on the ground.
Earlier Monday afternoon six Buffalo Police officers were placed on administrative leave pending an investigation by the Internal Affairs division of the police department.
Mayor Brown called the video “very disturbing” and said that his administration “will not and do not tolerate any instances of police misconduct” in the City of Buffalo.
He expected Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda and his team to conduct a “complete and swift” investigation into the allegations and incident.
Brown told reporters that he does not believe there is any lack of transparency in his administration because of his aggressive policy against any police misconduct or criminal behavior.
He was not aware if any of the officers placed on leave had previous violence complaints against them.
When asked if Brown thought some of the officers seen on the video should have taken more action to stop the alleged abuse he said, “Well it looked like it happened pretty quickly. I don’t think the tape gives us enough information to determine that.”
If found guilty of wrongdoing, Brown said the officers should have to suffer “whatever penalty is allowable”.
Joseph Golembek represents the City’s North District on the Common Council. “I watched the first minute or so and I saw a punk who was resisting arrest, that I don’t want on the streets of Riverside or Buffalo. I was glad the Police apprehended him but it was that last ten seconds”, Golembek says “That last ten seconds of the video is where I have the concern about the stomp.”
Under the rules of the Police union contract, the six officers will still receive their pay while they are on administrative leave.