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Buffalo councilman calling for police transparency

Posted at 5:49 PM, Dec 15, 2014
and last updated 2015-12-10 17:49:54-05

Police oversight and police accountability are once again the topics of conversation among city leaders. 

The call for more transparency is tied, at least in part, to the 7 Eyewitness News exclusive video, showing a Buffalo police officer hitting a man, on the ground, several times with his baton.

Council President Darius Pridgen says he was taken aback seeing the video, recorded by one of our photographers on Thanksgiving.

Pridgen is proposing action to have the police Internal Affairs Department provide, in its entirety, data for all complaints reported by private people about police officers.

Pridgen says data on the city's website is incomplete and needs to be updated.

The Council President says he will not vote on another settlement claim without having the necessary data.

"If this city is paying money for police misconduct from an individual, I want to know how many other complaints have come, how many other times have we settled and what is the plan to either change the behavior or to remove that person from police force," Pridgen said.

He's also requesting police leadership host listening and learning tours to discuss planned departmental change.

Pridgen says lasting change can only be made when there are open lines of communication.