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Buffalo Common Council begins plans to draft "Cariol's Law"

Posted at 5:49 PM, Jul 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-28 17:49:25-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Buffalo Common Council met Tuesday afternoon to discuss ways to draft what some want to call “Cariol’s Law”.

It it a six-fold piece of legislation

1. mandate an officer's duty to intervene

2. consequences if officers do not intervene

3. protection for officers who do intervene from retaliation, reassignment, or firing

4. consequences for officers who falsify reports of force incidents

5. termination for repeat force offenders

6. restoration of pension or position for officers who faced retaliation for intervening

No decision was made because council needed to discuss with its legal branch what parts of the law can be implemented at the local level without the power of a state law behind it.

Members also asked legal for information regarding which body has the power to discuss or reinstate pension.

Cariol Horne is a former Buffalo police officer who said she was fired after stepping into stop an officer from placing a man in a chokehold. She never received her pension.

The Common Council is hoping to have a draft of the law by the end of the week and will vote on a resolution after its August recess.