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On Wednesday, the Buffalo News picked up on a story we reported last week about the clubbing and pepper-spraying of activist Nate Buckley by NFTA cops during an April 8 peace rally in downtown Buffalo. Reporter Mark Sommer’s account adds significant detail and depth to the story, including the news that the officer who pepper-sprayed Buckley, Adam Brodsky, roughed up a 64-year-old bicyclist last summer for using a train station restroom.

A longer video of the April 8 encounter than we had available to us last week shows clearly that Buckley initially resisted arrest—which, some surely will argue, means he was asking for the treatment he received. The video also shows clearly that at the time he was arrested, Buckley was standing on the sidewalk, not on the plaza in front of M&T Bank, whose employees had called the police to move the rally off bank property. It is also clear that at the time Brodsky pulled out his pepper spray, Buckley had ceased to resist arrest.

NFTA officials are defending the actions of their officers. Two other protestors, Elliot Zyglis and Jason Wilson, were arrested along with Buckley.

geoff kelly

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