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Buffalo Police lieutenant suspended, under investigation after derogatory comments caught on camera

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Posted at 6:44 PM, Jun 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-30 08:03:33-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Buffalo Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood has ordered an immediate internal affairs investigation into Lieutenant Michael Delong. He has also been suspended without pay, according to police.

He was recorded at a 7-Eleven off Niagara Street this week by a woman confronting him about the officer’s handling of a man.

The woman questions why ten officers that she counted were on hand to arrest a man she said “is on drugs. Not in his right mind.”

Delong responded to the woman claiming the man was violent and holding a weight in his hand.

The woman recording the video said, “I wasn’t going to go near him.”

Delong responded, “Mhmm. You’re a disrespectful little f—— c—, that’s what you are.”

Online records show Delong made over $120,000 in 2018 and more than $96,000 last year.

WARNING: explicit language.
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Mayor Byron Brown issued this statement on this incident:
"As soon as Commissioner Lockwood became aware of the incident, he immediately opened an investigation and suspended the officer involved. I fully support the commissioner's swift actions. There is no place for that type of reprehensible conduct in the Buffalo Police Department and it will not be tolerated.”