Incidents

Buffalo Police Department

    Incident 223

    Date Sep 23, 2023
    Department Buffalo Police Department
    Officers Kereem Johnson , Tyler Baxter
    Description

    Officers responded to a an attempted suicide call at Tonawanda St. A 36-year-old man had a long pellet gun pointed at his own head and never pointed it at police.

    Battison, who was naked from the waist down, asked the officers if they were going to shoot him because he has a gun pointed at his own head.

    After, officers yelled at the man to put the pellet gun down, no other attempt at deescalation was made. One of the officers said he was going to shoot.

    "OK," the man responded, still holding the pellet gun pointed at his own head.

    An officer shouts again at the man to drop his gun.

    "That's exactly," the man says as Officer Johnson fired eight bullets at him.

    The department's Behavioral Health Team, a unit where mental health clinicians work with police officers, was not working at the time of this call.

    The man was taken by ambulance to Erie County Medical Center, where he was listed in critical but stable condition on the evening of Sept. 23. The man was also in police custody, with charges pending on criminal possession of weapons.

    The officer has been placed on administrative leave pending an Internal Affairs Division investigation into the incident, police have said.

    Address Tonawanda St
    Buffalo, NY
     

    Incident 222

    Date Mar 05, 2023
    Department Buffalo Police Department
    Officers James R. Mcandrew
    Description

    James McAndrew, 35, was accused of pushing his way into a Weyand Avenue apartment, engaging in a "physical altercation" with a man and shoving a woman, according to court documents.

    McAndrew was accused of grabbing a 32-year-old man – against whom accusations of domestic violence were made, but who has not been charged – and shoving him into the side of a staircase, damaging the railings. McAndrew allegedly pushed a woman who tried to get between him and the other man, according to court documents.

    He was charged with two misdemeanors – fourth-degree criminal mischief and second-degree trespassing – as well as second-degree harassment, a violation.

    He has been suspended by the department without pay, Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said in an email.

    The incident happened shortly before 5 p.m. Sunday.

    McAndrew was arrested Monday morning and arraigned in Buffalo City Court. He pleaded not guilty and was released on his own recognizance, according to court records. Brian Parker, McAndrew's attorney, declined to comment.

    Address Weyand Avenue
    Buffalo, NY
     

    Incident 221

    Date May 02, 2022
    Department Buffalo Police Department
    Officers Amber M. Beyer
    Description

    A Buffalo police captain told officers she supervised that Black cops were more likely to cheat on their wives than white cops.

    The captain said she’d be suspicious if she saw a Black man in her neighborhood.

    She claimed white police officers suffered post-traumatic stress disorder from working in Black neighborhoods, but Black officers did not, because they were more accustomed to violent crime.

    The captain told Black officers they should try to understand how the criminality of Black people justified some racism.

    These claims are detailed in a lawsuit filed Monday evening in federal court by two Buffalo police officers and a civilian mental health clinician. The target of the lawsuit is Captain Amber Beyer, who oversees the department’s Behavioral Health Team, a unit created two years ago to respond to people suffering mental health crises. The City of Buffalo and the Buffalo Police Department are also named as defendants.

    The complainants are Officer Brandon Hawkins, a 15-year veteran of the department; Officer Katelynn Bolden, a six-year veteran; and mental health clinician Erica Seymour, who was employed by an agency contracted by the department to provide mental health services.

    According to the lawsuit, Beyer offered these opinions on May 2 in the Behavioral Health Team’s office in police headquarters on Court Street.

    That day, a member of the team, Officer Jason Wagstaff, showed Beyer “a viral video … of an incident in which two white police officers in a different jurisdiction racially profiled and pulled over a Black officer (who was wearing his uniform).”

    After watching the video, Beyer said she saw “both sides” of the incident, according to the lawsuit.

    Officers Bolden and Wagstaff pushed back, saying the video demonstrated the white officers’ “racist intent.”

    Beyer responded with a 20-minute “rant,” according to the lawsuit, in which she made the claims about Black criminality and marital infidelity.

    After asserting that Black men cheat on their wives more often than White men, she asked for affirmation from a white mental health clinician, according to the lawsuit. The clinician did not respond.

    Beyer added that all the Black officers she knew were unfaithful and their infidelity “was a running joke” in the department.

    She said it was understandable that a white person who had been robbed by a Black person would have racist views.

    An uncomfortable silence fell over the room. Eventually Beyer walked out.

    “That was awkward,” Wagstaff said, according to the complaint.

    Address Court St
    Buffalo, NY
     

    Incident 220

    Date Mar 14, 2022
    Time 04:45 AM
    Department Buffalo Police Department
    Officers Philip I. Edwards
    Description

    30-year-old Dominique Thomas experienced a mental health crisis and was shot by two Buffalo police officers multiple times outside his apartment building on Hertel Avenue.

    Address Hertel Avenue
    Buffalo, NY
     

    Incident 32

    Date Sep 28, 2020
    Department Buffalo Police Department
    Officers John M. Davidson , Andrew T. Moffett , Mark D. Ambellan
    Description

    Buffalo Police Officers John Davidson and Andrew Moffett were suspended for making false statements following a drug arrest. The statements formed the basis for the false arrest of Morgan Eaton on charges of possession of 30 grams of cocaine with intent to distribute. The alleged cocaine was his fiance's medicine. All field and laboratory tests on the pills proved that the pills were not cocaine.

    Address Strauss Street
    Buffalo, NY
     

    Incident 39

    Date Sep 12, 2020
    Department Buffalo Police Department
    Officers Karl B. Schultz
    Description

    Willie Henley was shot in the abdomen by Buffalo police. "Put your bat down," calls out one officer with a gun trained on the man. "Nobody wants to hurt you." Henley, who continues to try to walk away from the group of more than half a dozen officers, some of whom have weapons drawn, responds, "I didn’t call y'all! I wasn’t doing nothing. I was by myself." Henley was known for carrying his baseball bat wherever he went, slept with it on street corners at night, and lined up for meals every day with it at the Buffalo City Mission. Those who regularly interacted with him described him as "very quiet, very peaceful."

    Address Buffalo, NY
     

    Incident 42

    Date Sep 03, 2020
    Department Buffalo Police Department
    Officers Richard N. Hy
    Description

    An off-duty police officer, Richard Hy, hit and subded a black man having a mental health crisis until other police arrived. No charges were filed and Hy was not suspended.

    Address Buffalo, NY
     

    Incident 30

    Date Sep 01, 2020
    Department Buffalo Police Department
    Officers Marcus Rogowski
    Description

    Buffalo police order Black woman not to walk on same side of the street as white men

    Address Hertel Ave
    Buffalo, NY
     

    Incident 34

    Date Jun 28, 2020
    Department Buffalo Police Department
    Officers Michael A. Delong
    Description

    CW: Lieutenant Michael DeLong, was suspended after being videotaped directing a vile, misogynist insult at a woman outside a convenience store. DeLong called the woman a “disrespectful little fucking cunt” when she questioned how police were handling a man in distress outside the store who has a history of drug and mental health issues. The woman taking the video was upset about the size of the police response to the scene. DeLong was suspended the day after the June 28 incident for 30 days without pay for his insult, then, under state law, was returned to the payroll while remaining under suspension. He was paid about $63,000 while awaiting an arbitration hearing in which the city was expected to ask that DeLong be further disciplined or fired.

    Address Connecticut Street
    Buffalo, NY
     

    Incident 33

    Date Jun 04, 2020
    Department Buffalo Police Department
    Officers Aaron M. Torgalski , Robert J. Mccabe Iii
    Description

    CW: While at a Black Lives Matter protest, 75-year old peace activist Martin Gugino approached a line of riot police stopping in front of the them to talk, one officer yelled “push him back”; one officer pushed his arm into Mr. Gugino’s chest, while another extended his baton toward him with both hands. Mr. Gugino feel backward, with blood immediately leaking from his right ear. An officer leaned down to examine him, but another officer then pulled the first officer away. Several other officers walked by Gugino, motionless on the ground, without checking on him. The District Attorney's office of John Flynn charged the two officers that pushed Gugino with felony assault. However, a grand jury chose not to indict.

    Address Buffalo, NY
     

    Incident 40

    Date Jun 01, 2020
    Department Buffalo Police Department
    Description

    Myles Carter, a young Black man, was tackled from behind by Buffalo police and arrested while he was being interviewed by the news media on Bailey Avenue during a protest. The trumped up charges that followed included second-degree obstruction of governmental administration, a misdemeanor, and disorderly conduct, a violation. The charges were later dropped.

    Address Bailey Ave
    Buffalo, NY
     

    Incident 25

    Date May 10, 2020
    Department Buffalo Police Department
    Officers Ronald J. Ammerman , Michael C. Scheu , Byron C. Lockwood
    Description

    CW: Quentin Suttles sustained serious personal injuries when Buffalo Police Officers used excessive force and brutally beat Mr. Suttles after pulling him over and arresting him.

    Address Buffalo, NY
     

    Incident 36

    Date Sep 12, 2018
    Time 03:14 AM
    Department Buffalo Police Department
    Officers Elnur S. Karadzhaev
    Description

    CW: In response to a 911 call of a man with a gun at about 3:05 a.m, Buffalo Police officer Elmur Karadzhayev shot and killed Rafael “Pito” Rivera as he was running away. Karadzhayev was placed on administrative leave. Erie County District Attorney John Flynn announced that there would be no charges filed against Karadzhayev after a nearly three-month investigation. The family of Pito filed a civil lawsuit. The City of Buffalo, the Buffalo Police Department, Officer Karadzhayev, and an unknown officer were all named as defendants in the lawsuit.

    Address Plymouth Ave
    Buffalo, NY
     

    Incident 35

    Date May 07, 2017
    Department Buffalo Police Department
    Officers Justin P. Tedesco , Joseph B. Acquino , Jose M. Rivera , Richard N. Hy , Jonathan F. Bierl , Henry Velez
    Description

    CW: Officers beat and fatally shot Jose Hernandez-Rossy during an unlawful, racially-motivated traffic stop.

    Address Buffalo, NY
     

    Incident 28

    Date Apr 18, 2017
    Department Buffalo Police Department
    Officers Christopher P. Fields , Debra A. Strobele
    Description

    CW: Mohammad Ismail bought a dilapidated house at a city auction of tax delinquent properties with the hopes of renovating it and turning it into a home for his wife and four children who were in Brooklyn. The previous owner was a Buffalo police officer who showed up with another police officer one day and threatened to arrest Ismail if he didn't leave. The dispute has led to two internal affairs probes by the BPD and a lawsuit by Ismail against the police officers and the Buffalo Police Department.

    Address Sherman St.
    Buffalo, NY
     

    Incident 41

    Date Mar 18, 2017
    Department Buffalo Police Department
    Officers Joseph R. Hassett
    Description

    Buffalo Police officer Joseph Hassett was recorded on camera assaulting Timothy Stanton Jr. on March 18, 2017. Stanton was taken to ECMC for a head injury and a cut on his forehead that required stitches. The Erie County District Attorney's Office and the Buffalo Police Department both said they didn't learn about the incident until video of the confrontation was requested by Stanton's attorney. Hassett was charged with two counts of third-degree assault, official misconduct, offering a false instrument for filing and making a punishable false written statement in connection to an incident that happened in March 2017.

    Prosecutors argued this was excessive use of force, but the Judge disagreed, dismissing all criminal charges. BPD Internal Affairs opened an investigation on May 26, 2017 and officially suspended Officer Hassett on May 30, 2017, according to Commissioner Daniel Derenda. Hassett was suspended for 30 days without pay.

    Address Buffalo, NY
     

    Incident 37

    Date Jul 15, 2016
    Department Buffalo Police Department
    Officers Joseph B. Acquino , Mark C. Hamilton , Michael J. Acquino
    Description

    Four officers followed Arthur Jordan into the PCS Metro store and told him he was wanted for questioning. When Jordan said he wouldn’t go with the officers, who lacked both a warrant and probable cause for an arrest, the officers closed in on him, sprayed him in the eyes with copious amounts of pepper spray, punched him in the head and eventually restrained him enough to perform a search.

    Address Main Street near Filmore Ave
    Buffalo, NY
     

    Incident 27

    Date May 19, 2016
    Department Buffalo Police Department
    Officers Joshua T. Craig , Anthony J. D'agostino
    Description

    CW: A cellblock attendant grabbed Shaun P. Porter and slammed his face into a door, causing him to collapse and strike his face on the floor and bleed profusely. Meanwhile two Buffalo police officers did nothing as they stood by and watched. After dragging Porter down the hall and hitting him in the head again, he was placed in a restraint chair without medical treatment for about an hour and 45 minutes.

    Address Buffalo, NY
     

    Incident 31

    Date Apr 24, 2014
    Department Buffalo Police Department
    Officers Nicholas A. Militello
    Description

    CW: On the night of April 19th, when John Willet was driving, he noticed a car was following him. Fearing that it may be someone meaning to do him harm, he sped away. The car following him turned out to be undercover police car, which pursued Willet to Ontario and Philadelphia Streets. Willet parked his vehicle, got out and ran across the street where he willingly surrendered. Willet reported that he stood there with his hands in the air when an officer punched him and threw him down to the ground. Officers kneed and punched Willet while trying to apprehend him. An officer kicked and punched Willet while he was handcuffed and laying face down, pleading for them to stop. Willet was charged with resisting arrest and minor drug possession charges.

    Address Buffalo, NY
     

    Incident 26

    Date Nov 28, 2012
    Time 08:54 PM
    Department Buffalo Police Department
    Officers Michael J. Anderson , Robert M. States
    Description

    CW: In 2012, prisoner Richard A. Metcalf, Jr. died due to strangulation after jail guards tied a spit mask around his neck.

    Address Delaware Ave
    Buffalo, NY