© 2024 Western New York Public Broadcasting Association

140 Lower Terrace
Buffalo, NY 14202

Mailing Address:
Horizons Plaza P.O. Box 1263
Buffalo, NY 14240-1263

Buffalo Toronto Public Media | Phone 716-845-7000
WBFO Newsroom | Phone: 716-845-7040
Your NPR Station
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Former Buffalo police lieutenant found guilty

A former Buffalo police lieutenant has pleaded guilty to deprivation of rights under color of law in federal court. 52-year-old Gregory Kwiatkowski was working as a lieutenant when he responded to a call on Treehaven Road on the night of May 3, 2009. A car with four teens had been stopped by a Cheektowaga police patrol.

The teens were compliant with the town officers who were investigating a BB gun shooting. Upon his arrival, Kwiatkowski began using unlawful and unreasonable force on the four teens, by pushing them against their car.

Kwiatkowski faces up to a year in prison and a $100 thousand fine.

Two other Buffalo officers, Raymond Krug and Joseph Wendel, are accused of shooting one of the individuals with a BB gun after they were handcuffed and seated in a police car. Their trial will begin December 6.

Mark Wozniak, WBFO's local All Things Considered host, has been at WBFO since mid-1978.