Commissioner: ‘You will not see justice’ without public help

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The city’s mayor, top cop and community activists are pleading with the public to come forward with information about what has been a violent summer in Buffalo, one that’s included five innocent people being shot, two of whom are children.

But they’re speaking to a public that has so far been reluctant to help
“The people responsible for these tragic senseless acts of gun violence are still out in our community,” said Mayor Byron Brown.
Still on the streets, still free while people like a man stabbed early Friday morning are clinging to life, or have already died.
It has been a particularly violent summer, with a recent uptick last month, and an already gruesome start to September, with two men killed within minutes and miles of one another.
Making matters even worse, five innocent people, including two children, are among the victims.
“It has become so reckless that now they don’t care about who they shoot, who they hurt, who they harm,” said the Rev. James Giles, of the Buffalo Peacemakers. “And that’s not to say that they cared in the first place, but it’s now getting so critical that it may reach your doorsteps.”
Carolyn Smith, whose son Dalen is among the innocent, offered her own plea, hoping it wouldn’t fall on deaf ears.
“I’m standing here, a mother with a broken heart,” Smith said, clutching a picture of she and her late son. “Every day I have to remind myself to breathe.
“We’re asking, somebody, anybody, everybody who knows anything about, not only what is happened to my son Dalen, but to anyone on this list today,” she said. “Please come forward. Please talk to the police. Please help us get justice.”
Police say most of these crimes are committed by the same people, many of this summer’s killings, the result of gang warfare, street justice of which little Juan Rodriguez and Donnel Bibbes had no part.
We are asking people in the community to search their hearts,” Brown said. “We know that people know who is responsible for these crimes. We want them to put themselves in the shoes of these families. We want them to have a heart for these families and step forward and provide information that we know people out there have.”
“You will not see justice until people come forward with information,” said Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda. “We cannot be everywhere 24/7.”
While it was still early to know about Friday’s deaths, Buffalo police say many of the murders are connected to gang activity.
We know that there’s a small percentage of these violent criminals that are responsible for a large percentage of these crimes,” Derenda said.

The city is offering $2,500 were wards — that’s an increase — for any information leading to the arrest or conviction of the people responsible for killing or nearly killing five innocent victims this summer.

The city’s confidential tip line is (716) 847-2255. The line also accepts texted messages.

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