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Buffalo's Singing Cops lead a call for reform to policing with "unity walk"

Posted at 6:25 PM, Jun 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-22 18:25:07-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Buffalo police officer Michael Norwood, Jr. has been reflecting a lot since the public death of George Floyd at the hand of Minneapolis police officers.

“It’s been really tough to see the recent events around the country,” he said.

That reflection led him to call up his business partner and fellow BPD officer Armonde “Moe” Badger.

He had an idea.

“It’s basically to bring everybody together,” said Norwood. “To bring out corporate Buffalo; to bring out the entire Western New York; to have all of the major sports organizations here…to have one walk, to have one sound, to come together with unity.”

The Buffalo Singing cops will present the “unity walk” Sunday, June 28, 2020. They’ve partnered with their own police department and the City of Buffalo to lead this call for change from within the ranks.

A call they say many officers have echoed in recent weeks.

“We’re all working hard, this is not something we expect to change overnight but we want to see a change in our community,” said Badger. “I want to be a better officer. I want to learn to be a better officer — there are many people who want to. So we’re going to keep working toward it.”

Norwood said he’s been listening to the rhetoric of the public, but most of those around him at work.

“The language that they’re speaking is they want all this stuff to end as well. They don’t want to see turmoil, and they don’t want to have that divide.”

A large number of players within the Buffalo Bills’ organization have committed to attending, according to sources.

The call is now out to the rest of the large corporations that make up Western New York.

The walk will begin at 12:30 p.m. in front of City Hall Sunday and will end at Canalside.