City of Buffalo Police Vehicles must be required to have Dash-Cams
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It is 2018 and Officer involved incidents are a big deal in the National Media. In recent months and years we have seen a number of officer involved incidents and the story is never clear. Everyone has cameras at their fingertips from individuals involved or witness to incidents to the city funded lightpole cameras.
The Buffalo Police Department does not require on-duty officers to have dash-cams in police vehicles. This petition is not an attempt to shame, or call out anyone specific. We to hold Police and Civilians accountable for events and actions that occur and in reality document the actions taken by civilians and police alike. The City of Buffalo has now had atleast 2 instances in recent years were Dash-Cams would have clearly documented the moments leading up to civilians nding killed.
The death of Jose Hernandez-Rossy in 2017 were officers opened fire during a traffic stop when they believed one of the individuals were reaching for a weapon, it was later found the individuals were unarmed but did attempt to flee from police.
Or more recently when 64 year old Susan LoTempio of North Buffalo was struck and killed by a Buffalo Police officer in route to a call while on her morning walk.
Both instances police vehicles did not have dash cameras that would have documented these events. We ask The Common Council and Mayor Byron Brown to take the nessisary action to get the Buffalo Police up to date by any means nessisary. Especially as the department purchaced a $30,000 LRAD they "Hope to never use" for riot control yet say-to-day operations lack these now simple and relatively inexpensive technology. How many need to die?
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