Buffalo Council president says racial disparity in police traffic stops does exist

The following excerpts were reprinted from a News 4 Investigates’ article. Read the full piece by Daniel Telvock.

Buffalo Common Council President Darius Pridgen said he is “very familiar” with stories from constituents about racial bias from Buffalo’s traffic enforcement.

“I’ve experienced some things personally,” said the Black council president.

“Anybody who thinks there aren’t any disparities is fooling themselves,” Pridgen said. “I want to be clear: They are fooling themselves.”

News 4 Investigates worked with Cornell ILR Buffalo Co-Lab to analyze the stop receipt data to determine if there are disparities in who gets stopped. We analyzed the data three different ways and found disparities each time. 

We analyzed the data in the following ways:

The findings concerned some in the community.

The Buffalo Police Department has components of racial bias training but lacks a stand-alone racial bias training program “to ensure that their officers are treating everyone equally,” said Anjana Malhotra, senior attorney with the National Center for Law and Economic Justice.

“And when they fail to do that, when they bury their heads in the sand and ignore a problem … they are liable for not properly training or supervising their police force for respecting the civil rights, and the right to equal protection of the Black and minority residents of their city,” Malhotra said.

The Buffalo Police Department has disputed News 4 Investigates’ stop-receipt analysis.