BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Buffalo Police Department has ordered an internal affairs investigation after an officer was recorded on video verbally harassing a woman. As of Monday evening, Buffalo Police Lt. Michael DeLong has been suspended without pay, according to our nonprofit partners at Investigative Post.
The incident was posted on Facebook on Monday afternoon. Two On Your Side has not spoken with the person who posted the video. You can watch in the video player below. WARNING: Explicit language can be heard.
The incident apparently took place Sunday, outside the 7-Eleven convenience store at Connecticut Street and Prospect Avenue. The video is apparently shot and posted by a woman named Ruweyda Salim.
In the video, officers can be seen talking to and searching a man who appears disoriented. About a minute into the video, one of the officers in a white shirt approaches Salim, who is holding the phone and recording the entire police encounter.
DeLong walks right up next to the woman. He is easily within six-feet of the woman and is not wearing a mask. When Salim tells him he is too close, he responds, "Move me."
When DeLonng's efforts fail to get Salim to leave the scene, that's when the officer curses at her.
The interaction between the two continues for a few minutes more. The officer questions Salim about her job and suggests that he may come to visit her at work.
You can hear Salim asking repeatedly why so many officers are present to deal with one disorderly man. At the end of the posted video, it appears the man is directed to an ambulance.
Buffalo Police Captain Jeff Rinaldo tells 2 On Your Side that he spoke with Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood after he saw the video, and an investigation was ordered. DeLong has since been suspended.
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown released the following statement: Monday night
"As soon as Commissioner Lockwood became aware of the incident, he immediately opened an investigation and suspended the officer involved. I fully support the commissioner's swift actions. There is no place for that type of reprehensible conduct in the Buffalo Police Department and it will not be tolerated.”
This is a developing story. Two On Your Side will update this article as more information becomes available.