Thursday, August 07, 2008

Buffalo News: 1 - Police: 0

This afternoon, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown ordered the Buffalo Police Department to return to listing pertinent information on police reports and make them available to the media, specifically, the Buffalo News.

The News reports:
Key information about city crime -- including the location of incidents -- has been removed from the police computer in recent weeks. Brown said that a member of the Police Department, not at the highest level, had made that decision and that he is now overriding that decision. He did not identify that individual.

The mayor "provided a list of more than a dozen top officers who now will be available for comment. In the recent past, only top brass and a public relations spokesman were allowed to speak to the press," the News states.
Surely, the fact that the Buffalo News came out fighting on the topic made the administration flinch. They used their own ink, their website, plus investigative reporter Jim Heaney did radio appearances on WEDG and WECK. A poll on this website showed that the majority of people thought the Buffalo Police Department were in the wrong.

Interestingly, BPD Spokesperson Mike DeGeorge told me this morning that the police department would not be changing their new standards. Apparently, the mayor decided otherwise.

Public outcry will do that.