Buffalo Police disbanding controversial Strike Force

Posted at 1:37 PM, Feb 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-09 23:12:22-05

The Buffalo Police Department is disbanding its specialized Strike Force unit, effective March 12. The officers will be reassigned to the department's traffic enforcement division.

The Strike Force was established to tackle issues in high crime areas.

It has been under public criticism from activists who say its tactics, including road blocks, unfairly target minority neighborhoods.

The Buffalo Common Council requested detailed information about the department's checkpoints in the fall. The checkpoints are also the subject of an investigation by the New York State Attorney General.

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