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Calls continue for increased police accountability


There is growing pressure on officers as officials focus on recent reports of police improprieties. More discussion is expected Tuesday night in a gathering at Mount Olive Baptist Church.

Nationally, protests have surrounded the deaths of a series of unarmed black males killed by police officers. Locally, the protests have been about that but also about violence in which no one died.

That includes the early Thanksgiving morning scuffle on Chippewa Street which had Police Officer Corey Krug hitting a man who was on the ground with his night stick. Krug was suspended without pay and already faces three other civil cases on alleged violent acts.

Mayor Brown is inviting the Police Department and citizens to a public forum on policing at six tonight in Mount Olive on East Delavan.

"We will use the input that we get from that meeting and the input that we get from the clergy and citizens to update our policies, procedures and how we police and make sure that our policing in this community is safe, responsible and professional," Brown said.

Council President Darius Pridgen says it's time to go beyond anecdotes about police violence. He points to a court settlement involving a police officer and a citizen and says it's time to look at all of those cases and figure out what the few bad officers are costing the city.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.