Common council considers reinstating Buffalo PD oversight

Buffalo, N.Y. (WIVB) — Buffalo leaders could soon be keeping a closer eye on City Police.

The Common Council is considering reinstating the Police Oversight Committee.

This comes as two suspended police officers are being investigated for their roles at Molly’s Pub the night a man was pushed down a flight of stairs and injured.

A bar manager is charged with assault. Officers are banned from working at bars as bouncers.

“We heard, at least publicly, that, there is some discrepancy in the SLA rules, or what we were observing and the SLA was saying and I think this Council needs to be aware. And then there’s some state rules that we might want to send a message to our delegation of things that we’re asking for changes or waivers in,” said Rev. Darius Pridgen, Common Council President.

Buffalo’s Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda said last week that up to 25 officers will no longer work security outside bars, while the department reviews its policy. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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