Buffalo police oversight committee meets for first time in years

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Buffalo Police Oversight Committee will be officially reinstated, Tuesday morning.

This is a crucial time for the police department.

Tuesday’s meeting will be the first Police Oversight Committee meeting in years. It’s scheduled for 11 am.

It comes at a time when the department is under a microscope following several high profile investigations. That includes cell phone video that prompted claims of police brutality and an assault at a city bar, where two off-duty police officers were working security inside.

The officer seen in that video has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor civil rights violations.

In the midst of these high profile cases, one city official says the committee will not be doing individual investigations of misconduct.

A few weeks ago, Common Council President Darius Pridgen said he does not want the committee to interfere with these ongoing investigations.

“This has nothing to do with the investigation of some recent events. I would not want to see this council get involved where the FBI is involved – start bringing people and putting them on a public mic, possibly mess up something the FBI, even the DA might be involved in,” Pridgen said.

Instead, News 4 has learned the committee will focus on making recommendations to the Common Council on police changes and complying with state requirements.

Niagara District councilman David Rivera will serve as committee chair.

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