Buffalo Police are being criticized for their handling of an incident at 7-Eleven.
A woman identified as Ruweyda Salim recorded a video of the encounter. The video shows one of the cops calling Salim a “f*cking c*nt.” The officer is also in close distance with her and is not wearing a mask.
According to TMZ, the police were called to investigate a call about a man who “allegedly attacked his mother.”
Cops can be seen in the video talking to the man, who appears to be disoriented. He has not been identified. As the video continues, an officer, later identified as lieutenant Michael Delong, begins to approach Salim as she records. Salim then tells the officer that he is too close, and he responds, “move me.”
“We have cameras too,” Delon tells Salim as she continues to record.
In the video, the woman asks the officer if the number of cops was necessary. TMZ reported there were about10 police officers.
“You’re a disrespectful little f*cking c*nt, that’s what you are,” Delong said.
Salim responds that the police officers will go viral for the incident.
“I don’t care if I go viral, I really don’t,” he retorted.
Salim said she was arriving at the 7-Eleven when she saw the man surrounded by multiple police officers.
“I was immediately concerned. I’ve lived on the westside of Buffalo for my whole life (pre-gentrification), I’ve seen people in my community battle substance abuse and mental illness. He seemed off, but I was not threatened by him in the slightest,” she said in the caption of her video.
The Buffalo Police Commission announced an immediate internal investigation into the incident, and the officer has been suspended.
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