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Protesters send message to Erie County DA, write 'resign' outside county court building

Protesters marched Tuesday night from Genesee Street to Niagara Square.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — A protest was held Tuesday night in the City of Buffalo in the name of Willie Henley — a man who was shot by a Buffalo Police officer during a mental health call over the weekend.

Henley is facing assault charges after allegedly hitting a Buffalo Police officer with an aluminum baseball bat on Saturday.

Our nonprofit partners at Investigative Post report people gathered around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the spot Henley was shot near Genesee Street and Michigan Avenue. Around 7 p.m. the group lined up and marched through the Buffalo toward the Niagara Square chanting "Say his name! Willie Henley!" 

Protesters could also be heard chanting "no justice, no peace," "we ain't down with Byron Brown. He don't care about the town," and "don't shoot"

Ali Ingersoll, a reporter at Investigative Post, reports the word "resign" was painted in giant letters in the middle of the road outside of the Erie County Court building. Ingersoll says it was a message from protesters to Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn.

Flynn told Ingersoll in response to the message, “I don’t get distracted or discouraged by people who disagree with me; I respect their opinion. I just do my job to the best of my ability each and every day and will continue to do so.”

A local group is also calling for the resignation of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, Buffalo Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood and Flynn.

De’Jon Hall spoke with 2 On Your Side's Claudine Ewing earlier in the day saying, “We're calling for Mayor Brown, Commissioner Lockwood and unfortunately we have to call for the resignation of John Flynn too. After yesterday when John Flynn decided that it was OK to go into Mr. Henley’s hospital room and arraign him for a felony assault of an officer and carrying a weapon."

Protesters marched their way back down Genesee Street ending the protest around 8:30 p.m. where it began.