Police data collection project (Buffalo Police Department)

Samuel Sinyangwe filed this request with the Buffalo Police Department of Buffalo, NY.
Multi Request Police data collection project


From: Samuel Sinyangwe

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the New York Freedom of Information Law, I hereby request the following records:

-the total number of use of force incidents, separated by year and by type of force used from 2013-2019 (for example, "27 taser incidents in 2013, 3 baton incidents in 2013, etc.)
-total number of civilian complaints reported and the total number sustained, separated by year (for example, 8 complaints in 2013, 2 complaints sustained in 2013, 4 complaints in 2014, 1 complaint sustained in 2014, etc.)
-total number of use of force complaints reported and the total number sustained from 2013-2019, separated by year
-total number of biased policing or discrimination/profiling complaints reported and the total number sustained from 2013-2019, separated by year
-a spreadsheet or list with the dates (month/day/year and time if available), race of subjects involved, and injuries/deaths sustained for all officer-involved shootings incidents (excluding shootings of animals) from 2013-2019, separated by year

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.


Samuel Sinyangwe

From: Buffalo Police Department

Good Morning

(See attached file: muckrock.pdf)

Thank you

From: Buffalo Police Department

Samuel Sinyangwe

Re: FOIL Request: (Data Collected from use of force incidents 2013-2019)

The City of Buffalo Police Department (BPD) is in receipt of your Freedom
of Information Law request. Please allow this letter to serve as an
acknowledgment of your request pursuant to New York State Public Officer’s
Law, Section 89, entitled Freedom of Information Law.

The BPD has researched your request for information pertaining to above
mentioned. Your request attached resulted in a breakdown in the types of
use of force in an 8 year trend 2013-2020. Be advised that BPD only started
tracking civilian complaints in 2019. (1) report showing civilian
complaints and if they were sustained. Please be advised that going forward
any redacted and copied paperwork totaling over 5 pages will be charged.

Please be advised that you have the right to appeal any denial contained
herein in writing within thirty (30) days. Appeals must be directed to
Timothy A Ball, Corporation Counsel, City of Buffalo Law Department, 1100
City Hall, Buffalo NY 14202.

Jeff Rinaldo


(See attached file: UOF and complaints.pdf)