“Cariol’s Law; The Duty to Intervene,” is one step closer to becoming official.
The new legislation requires Buffalo police officers to intercede when another officer is using excessive force, holds officers who fail to do so accountable and protects police officers who intervene from retaliation.
It also provides retroactive protections for officers who reported or intervened.
“This city that is very rarely recognized for being a trendsetter … but will be a trendsetter. But not for fashion, not for finance but for reform, for sending out a clear message … that those good officers out there who want to intervene will be able to without the fear of discipline,” said Buffalo Common Council President Darius G. Pridgen, just before the Council’s 8-to-1 vote Tuesday in favor of the local ordinance.
The next step is for Mayor Byron W. Brown to sign the legislation officially into law or veto it.