Local leader rallies in Baltimore

Pastor Darius Pridgen wants to learn from the tragedy there, to avoid it in Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- Pastor Darius Pridgen has a special trip planned following church service Sunday; he’s getting on a plane to Baltimore.

Almost a month after 25-year-old Freddie Grey died there while in police custody, protesting continues.

Six officers are now being charged for his death.

“It’s important for me not only as a clergy member but as an elected official to see this. Because my concern is, is what would happen if anything, even close to this, were to happen in Buffalo, New York,” Pridgen told News 4.

Pridgen, who is also Buffalo’s Common Council president, was invited to participate in a peaceful rally in Baltimore along with other clergy members.

He was also invited to get up on stage and address a crowd, but he’s declined.

“I want to see what it’s like on the street. That’s what’s most important to me, is to be right there on the street, what the regular citizen has to deal with every single day,” he said.

Pridgen told News 4 seeing the turmoil there firsthand will help him understand how to avoid a similar tragedy here in Buffalo.

He says Buffalo’s Police Oversight Committee has proven a commitment to transparency, but he says there’s room for improvement.

“If we continue to learn from what others have not done well in the past, we can minimize that happening in Buffalo, rather than reacting to it if it does happen,” he said.

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2 thoughts on “Local leader rallies in Baltimore

  1. As an African American woman, I find it shameful how these riots have occurred and what damage has been done thus far. It’s kind of embarrassing how many individuals have behaved and are thinking in whole. Many people living in the Baltimore area as well as nationwide, all agree with me that these riots shouldn’t occur as they have done and we commend the mother who stopped her son from prevailing in the hype and act. I stand behind those who are against these riots and am glad to see the many church leaders also disagreeing with the riots, but I am not proud to see one from my own hometown making his way and taking his time to condone and participate in them himself. What has happened with the separation of the church and state? Is Darius Pridgen a politician or a preacher?

  2. I understand he is attending to learn what mistakes to avoid so Buffalo NY does not experience this same turmoil, but he is one who so promotes rallies within his own community for other factors. With him being a community leader, his own lead riot can turn into one of the same.

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