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Buffalo Police violated no-chase policy in crash that paralyzed man, lawsuit says

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Buffalo Police violated no-chase policy in crash that paralyzed man, lawsuit says

Buffalo Police violated no-chase policy in crash that paralyzed man, lawsuit says

Buffalo Police officers violated department policy when they engaged in a high-speed chase last year that left a passenger in the car paralyzed from the neck down, a lawsuit filed in State Supreme Court alleges.

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Buffalo Police violated no-chase policy in crash that paralyzed man, lawsuit says

THIS IS NIKIR BROWNBEFORE THECRASH.AND THIS ISNIKIR BROWN AFTEIMAGINE JUST WAKINGUP IN THE HOSPITALONE DAY AND NOTBEING ABLE TO MOVEYOUR ARMS LEGS ORBE ABLE TO WALK.ATTORNEY FRANKBOGULSKI SAYS AFATEFUL RUN-IN WITHBUFFALO POLICE LASTYEAR FOREVERCHANGED THECOURSE OF HISCLIENT'S LIFE.WHAT HAPPENED WASTHE POLICEAPPROACHED THEVEHICLE, MY CLIENT'SIN THE BACKSEAT, ANDTHEY NOTICED THATTHERE WAS A TINTEDLICENSE PLATE.

SO THEDRIVER TOOK OFF THEPOLICE PURSUIT AT AHIGH RATE OF SPEED.IT ENDED IN THECRASH.

AND AS ARESULT OF THE CRASH,MY CLIENT HAS BEENPARALYZED FROM THENECK DOWN.BOGULSKI IS NOWSUING THE CITY FOR ACRASH THAT HE SAYSNEVER SHOULD HAVEHAPPENED -- BECAUSEACCORDING TODOCUMENTSOBTAINED BY THE 7EYEWITNESS NEWS I-TEAM, OFFICIALPOLICE POLICYOUTLAWS HIGH-SPEED CHASES FORMINOR OFFENSES,AND SAYS "VEHICULARPURSUIT OFSUSPECTS IN MOTORVEHICLES SHALL BELIMITED TO THOSECIRCUMSTANCES INWHICH THE LIFE ORSAFETY OF ANYPERSON IS INIMMINENT DANGER."EACH DAY IN AMERICA,AT LEAST ONE PERSONDIES IN THIS COUNTRYFROM A HIGH SPEEDPOLICE CHASE AND ITCOULD BE AVOIDED.IN 2017, ONE BUFFALODRIVER WASSERIOUSLY HURTAFTER THE SUSPECTHIT TWO VEHICLESAND THEN A SCHOOLBUS OUTSIDE THESENECA BABCOCKCOMMUNITYCENTER...POLICE SAIDTHE CHASE WASJUSTIFIED BECAUSETHE VEHICLE HIT ANARCOTICSDETECTIVE.AND THE BUFFALOCOMMON COUNCILRECENTLY AGREED TOPAY A $4.5 MILLIONSETTLEMENT TO AMAN WHO WAS SHOTBY POLICE AFTER ACHASE IN 2012.

POLICESAID THE MAN NEARLYHIT POLICE OFFICERSWITH HIS VAN.WE WANT PEOPLE TOUNDERSTAND THAT THEEXTREME RISK THATTHESE HIGH SPEEDCHASES POSE ISDEFINITELY NOTWORTH IT, ESPECIALLYWHEN YOU'REEFFECTING A VEHICLEAND TRAFFIC STOP FORSUCH A MINOROFFENSE.BECAUSE OF THEPENDING LAWSUIT,BUFFALO POLICEDECLINED TOCOMMENT, BUTGENERALLY, POLICENOTE THAT EACH CASEHAS TO BE JUDGEDINDIVIDUALLY, ANDFACTORS SUCH ASTIME OF DAY, WEATHERAND NATURE OF THEOFFENSE ALL FACTORINTO THE DECISIONSOFFICERS MAKE OUTON THE STREETS.BUT NATIONALLY,POLICE HAVE ARGUEDTHAT IF THEY SIMPLYSTOP CHASING, ASTATE OFLAWLESSNESS WILLRESULT...WITH FEWERAND FEWER DRIVERSEND UP STOPPINGFOR THE POLICE.BOGULSKI SUGGESTSPOLICE TAKE THELICENSE PLATE OF THEFLEEING VEHICLE ANDTRACK THE DRIVERDOWN LATER...LEST ANINNOCENT BYSTANDEREND UP LIKE NIKIRBROWN.HIS FAMILY HAS BEENVISITING HIM ANDSUPPORTING HIM, BUTHIS LIFE WILL NEVERBE THE SAME AND HE'SIRREPARABLY HARMEDBY THIS ACCIDENT.FOR THE I-TEAM,CHARLIE SPECHT, 7EYEWITNESS NEWS




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