Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Buffalo mayor orders return of media access to crime info

Buffalo, N.Y. - Mayor Byron W. Brown on Thursday ordered police to restore the media’s access to crime information that had been removed from a Police Department computer in recent months.

The mayor said he had been unaware the information had been suppressed, and he blamed the policy change on “miscommunication ” caused by a “poorly worded memo.”

Brown said that he had discussions in January with representative of The Buffalo News and that those talks produced an agreement about what crime data police would provide.

“It was implemented, and somehow it was changed without me being told,” Brown said Thursday, adding that the change hit him “out of left field.”

For more on this article, go to The Buffalo News

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