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City to hold forum on police relations

Posted at 6:55 AM, Dec 16, 2014
and last updated 2015-12-11 06:44:54-05

City officials plan to reach out to the public at a meeting Tuesday night.

A public forum will look to find ways to strengthen the relationship between law enforcement and the community.

Representatives from the Buffalo Police Department, including the Internal Affairs Division, plan to be at the forum. Members of the FBI, New York State Police, Erie County District Attorney's Office, Erie County Sheriff's Office, NFTA, and the City of Buffalo Commission and Citizens' Rights and Community Relations will be there as well.

The Concerned Clergy of WNY, who lead in a protest at Niagara Square against what members call excessive force, also plan to be at the event.

Mayor Byron Brown's office is asking for the public to attend. According to a press release, the city is looking for, "a thoughtful dialog that will continue to foster and strengthen the relationship between local law enforcement and the community."

The forum is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday at the Mt. Olive Baptist Church at 701 E. Delavan Avenue in the City of Buffalo.