BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Six Buffalo police officers are on administrative leave pending an investigation into alleged police brutality in Buffalo, that happened April 19 at Philadelphia and Ontario Streets. A cell phone video appears to show a police officer kicking and hitting a person who is in handcuffs. The video has been circulating over the internet.
Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda announced that the six officers were on administrative leave late Monday afternoon. Derenda first spoke to the press Monday morning saying he would not comment directly on the video and said that the FBI, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Erie County District Attorney’s Office have all been contacted about the incident.
The Buffalo police commissioner also said that there is more video of the incident. A city surveillance camera on Ontario and Philadelphia Streets also captured the scene, he said.
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Buffalo police have interviewed the man, who police handcuffed and arrested, but Derenda would not comment on the extent of the man’s injuries.
Derenda explained that the incident started late on Saturday, April 19. The man was stopped for a vehicle and traffic violation and then started running from police. They caught up with him and then it appears an officer hit and kicked the man while he was handcuffed. Police have not identified the police officers involved.
Derenda said, “From a supervisor standpoint, from a PO standpoint, we don’t condone or tolerate inappropriate behavior and as I said, necessary actions will be taken when we come to a conclusion.”
Derenda would not answer directly when questioned about potential consequences some of the officers involved could face saying, “Again I don’t want to comment on that at this point, the investigation is still in its preliminary stages. Obviously it’s a very serious matter and we’re taking it as such.”