Buffalo, NY (WBEN) - At a meeting Tuesday afternoon, Buffalo Common Council President Darius Pridgen acted to reinstate the Police Oversight Committee.
The action comes after a couple of highly publicized incidents of misconduct involving Buffalo Police officers. "If we do nothing we're guilty, and if something else happens and we don't have a vehicle that is already in place, then I think that we have not done our duty," Pridgen said.
"My biggest fear is that crime information will dry up if we don't ensure the public that every police officer is not bad, because when these police officers, and detectives, and cops on the street... when they have to get information, if our people do not trust them, we have problems."
Council Member David Rivera, a former Buffalo Police officer, will chair the committee. He's hoping it will help restore public faith in the Police, but doesn't want to give the impression that the Council will now be forcing the Police Commissioner's hand. "We're going to reach out to the Commissioner to let him know exactly what we're trying to do," said Rivera after the Tuesday meeting. "We don't want them to think we're constantly looking over their shoulder, pointing a finger, looking for something wrong. When things do go wrong however, we're going to ask questions."
"We want the public to have trust in the Buffalo Police Department, and I think for the most part they do," Rivera said. "It's the few incidents that have tarnished the image of the Police Department."
Rivera says he expects the committee to meet in early June