In 2006, Cariol Horne, a black Buffalo police officer, intervened when a white officer, Gregory Kwiatkowski, had a black suspect, David Mack, in a chokehold.
In 2008, she was fired from the Buffalo Police Department for her intervention in that case and lost her pension.
The Buffalo Police Department investigated the incident and its final report said Horne’s actions put her fellow officers in danger.
“The police department didn’t believe her story, and they punished her severely,” Brenda McDuffie, president and CEO of the Buffalo Urban League, told City & State.
The Buffalo Police Department has been widely criticized since June 4, when 75-year-old protestor Martin Gugino was pushed to the ground by Buffalo police officers.
The Buffalo Police Department has a history of police brutality and racial profiling, and lacks de-escalation training and transparency.
And residents have been asking Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown to reform the police department for years. »