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Reward offered in search for suspects who assaulted officer following May protests in Niagara Square

Posted at 2:00 PM, Sep 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-02 14:00:41-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest to four people in connection to the assault of a federal law enforcement officer.

According to Crime Stoppers, the suspects, pictured in surveillance images, assaulted an officer following the protests in Niagara Square on May 30.

The protest came in response to the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota by a then-officer with the Minneapolis Police Department. The officer, Derek Chauvin, has since been charged with second-degree murder. Three other officers have been charged with aiding and abetting.

On the evening of May 30, some protesters left Niagara Square when the protest ended due to the county's 10:30 p.m. curfew. However, some protesters stayed. Following the curfew, a van burst into flames in the square, a man later identified by police as Courtland Renford was later seen throwing a burning object into Buffalo City Hall, and two fires were started in a nearby parking garage.

Crowds dispersed from Niagara Square after 11:30 p.m., although activity continued in Buffalo's Allentown neighborhood.

Crime Stoppers is asking anyone who has information on the assault of an officer during the protest to call (716) 867-6161 or submit a tip on the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App, called "Buffalo Tips" in the App Store.