Buffalo police disbanding strike force

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Buffalo Police Department has decided to disband its specialized Strike Force.

Former Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda established the specialized unit in 2012, as a way to target gangs, drugs and guns in high crime areas.

The unit has faced criticism recently from some citizen groups who say the road blocks and other tactics the strike force used unfairly targeted minority neighborhoods.

Last year, the Buffalo Common Council requested and released to the public records detailing their activities.

Buffalo police say the members of the strike force will be moved to road and traffic patrols.


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