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Community looking for answers after man dies following arrest

Posted at 6:40 PM, Feb 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-09 18:40:19-05

Friends of 20-year-old Wardel Davis are still looking for answers after the Buffalo man died following an encounter with police early Wednesday morning.

Open Buffalo, a social justice community group, is also looking for answers.  They're also calling for an open and transparent investigation.

"Unfortunately, we're not surprised," said the group's executive director Franchelle Hart discussing Davis' death.  "I think the public deserves to know why this young man will never return to his family and that there is an open, transparent process and that the community has a seat at the table."

The New York State Attorney General's Office is investigating the death.  Amy Spitalnick, press secretary for the attorney general, issued the following statement:

"The Attorney General’s Special Investigations and Prosecutions Unit has opened an investigation into the death of Wardel Davis, pursuant to the Attorney General’s authority under Executive Order No. 147. Our office is committed to conducting a fair, comprehensive, and independent investigation to provide Mr. Davis' family with the answers they deserve. We encourage anyone with relevant information to contact our Buffalo office."