BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)–Buffalo’s Common Council approved the passage of Cariol’s Law Tuesday.
The law is named after former Buffalo Police Officer Cariol Horne who was fired 12 years ago after intervening in another officer’s chokehold. Horne lost her job after an arbitrator ruled she should be fired.
This law will protect police officers who step-in to prevent other officers from using excessive force.
Common Council President Darius Pridgen says Cariol’s Law is sending a message that Buffalo is leading the way in changing police conduct.
“We’ll be a trendsetter, not for fashion, not for finance, but for reform.”
The law is now sitting on the mayor’s desk. Councilman Chris Scanlon was the only member of the council to vote against it. He said he supported the law itself, but not naming it after Horne.
“We were privy to some very damning information regarding the whole incident and inaccuracies of the claims of the former officer,” Scanlon said. “So in my opinion to hold this officer up as a model officer is a mistake and I think that it’s one that we’ll pay for in the future.”