The President of the Buffalo Common Council, Darius Pridgen, says that police harassed his guests, simply because they were African-American!


Pridgen posted a Facebook Live video early yesterday morning, speaking about what he perceives as racial profiling. The guests were traveling to his condo near Canalside to attend a Fourth of July party, according to WGRZ. Pridgen says, in the video, that several of his guests were stopped by Buffalo Police and not permitted to enter his neighborhood. He states that his guests of neighbors, who are not African-American, were not told to turn around or harassed. Pridgen says he drove to the corner and witnesses it with his own eyes! In the video, he says, "Canalside, the waterfront, cannot just be about one class, or group, or color of people." The Buffalo Police responded, Lt. Jeff Rinaldo says "In the Buffalo Police Department we expect everybody to be treated equally. When accusations arise that that hasn't occurred, the Commissioner is quick to open an investigation and we will look into it. I know internal affairs will be speaking to the lieutenant in charge of that area, as well as the officers on those posts. If there's merit to it quick action will be taken."

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