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Buffalo leaders respond to NYPD slayings

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Posted at 5:44 PM, Dec 21, 2014
and last updated 2015-12-16 17:44:22-05

Leaders in the Buffalo community continue to respond to the ongoing issue locally and nationally about the relationship between the police force and the public.

"For people to start attacking public servants is the wrong way to go," said Buffalo Common Council Member Richard Fontana on Sunday.

"I think today's age with people video taping and recording officers actions, I don't really have a problem with that. Officers most the time are going to do the proper thing in any situation," added Fontana.

"If they catch an officer doing something that's improper and they have it on tape, that makes it easier for the problem to be corrected down the road."

In a statement written back on December 18, Council Member Chris Scanlon wrote in part:

"Too often when a discrepancy arises between accounts of what may or may not have taken place during an arrest, our officers are placed on suspension without pay, while the alleged offender is considered innocent until proven guilty."