Former Cop Horne Agrees with Charges Against Minnesota Cops

Tom Puckett
June 08, 2020 - 3:00 am

Photo credit Former BPD Officer Cariol Horne participates in a protest Thursday night in Buffalo/WBEN Photo Tim Wenger

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) There is no shortage of opinions on the calls for changes in policing in Minneapolis and beyond in the wake of the George Floyd tragedy.

And in Buffalo the call for change is coming at a feverish pitch following an incident caught on video Thursday night in which Buffalo Police officers are seen pushing an elderly man to the sidewalk, resulting in serious injury.

Former Buffalo Police Officer Cariol Horne has a unique and meaningful perspective and says the George Floyd incident in Minnesota late last month is similar to an incident that cost her her job here.

Officer Horne was fired because intervening in stopping her co-worker from assaulting a cuffed suspect and violating a suspect’s rights. 

Horne says she was taught de-escalation skills in the academy. "You are taught to use only the force necessary to effect an arrest. These officers are going above and beyond because they are beating people who are handcuffed," says Horne. "It was the same situation with Neil Mack. He was handcuffed and being beaten, that's why I stopped the chokehold."

Horne says if the problem is police brutality, she suggests the mayor listen because people are being abused and there's now more video. She says cell phone video has exposed more abuses.

Horne says her children have faced abuse. "My 15 year old son was in a passenger seat, and was pulled out of the car for a traffic violation. Officers are pulling people out of their car for a simple traffic violation, and that's when it escalates," says Horne. "In my daughter's case, she was pulled over for a traffic violation, pulled out, arrested, hair pulled, arms pulled behind her back getting into the police car. The officer told her he wanted to punch her in the face, and when they got downtown, he told her she acts like her mother."

Horne says one thing that seems to trigger officers is questions. "Why am I being pulled over, why am I being detained? Some of the officers get upset about that," says Horne, who calls for psychological exams either after a major incident or every year.

Horne has proposed Cariol's Law, which would protect officers who report witnessing abuse by fellow officers.

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