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Buffalo police officer not expected to face disciplinary actions for striking bicyclist

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Posted at 4:47 PM, Oct 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-26 16:49:21-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Buffalo police say an officer who struck a 21-year-old bicyclist at the intersection of Grant Street and Potomac Avenue on October 18th is not expected to face any disciplinary actions.

Captain Jeff Rinaldo says an officer was conducting a traffic stop in the area and requested assistance, the officer involved in the crash responded with lights and sirens southbound on Grant Street.

When the responding officer approached the intersection he struck the bicyclist who crossed through the intersection.

Captain Rinaldo says based on video evidence as well as independent witnesses at the scene, police were able to determine the responding officer had his lights and sirens activated and had the green light to go through the intersection.

The responding officer immediately contacted emergency services and the accident investigation unit responded to the scene as well as internal affairs.

Rinaldo says the initial investigation confirms the officer had his lights and sirens activated and had the green light, he is not expected to face any disciplinary actions.

The officer was placed on administrative leave during the investigation and has since returned to work.

Police say the bicyclist's last known condition was critical but stable.

"This a tragic event, no police officer wants to be involved in a situation where a civilian is injured," Rinaldo said.