BPD releases bodycam video, holds presser on Tasering of rape suspect arrested after jumping from roof

BPD releases bodycam video, holds presser on Tasering of rape suspect arrested after leaping from roof

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BUFFALO, NY (MB) — Buffalo Police held a press convention Tuesday to handle the Tasering and arrest of a rape suspect who jumped from a roof of a storage final week in an try to flee the scene.

The incident occurred round 8:30 am Thursday morning, close to the intersection of W. Utica Avenue and Brayton Avenue. Victor Cramer-Williams, 27, was taken to ECMC for remedy of his leg after injuring it in his bounce from the roof.

With this incident being the second use of Tasers following the BPD’s implementation of the brand new Taser program, Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia addressed this system and the division’s “persevering with effort to be as clear as doable.”

“I feel within the spirit of transparency, and displaying that here’s a state of affairs that would’ve taken a unique flip due to a bodily engagement, you noticed the Taser used at it was designed,” Commissioner Gramaglia mentioned.

Gramaglia mentioned the occasion was a “profitable deployment” of the Tasers, that officers adopted correct protocols and used the Tasers as they had been designed — to apprehend the suspect, whereas decreasing the prospect of damage to officers or the suspect, resulting from continuation of a possible bodily encounter.

Gramaglia additionally mentioned 60% of the division — about 450 officers — are educated to hold a Taser, and mentioned he’d provide an official variety of eligible officers Wednesday. He added that every officer doesn’t have their very own Taser, as Tasers are shared all through the division.

“I feel now we have a ample variety of Tasers,” he mentioned. “We’ve got 20 per district. That is sufficient to cowl the quantity of officers overlaying a shift typically.”

Concerning the incident, the commissioner mentioned Cramer-Williams discarded a bag, which was discovered to comprise a loaded 9 mm Beretta handgun, which was not legally registered, so he was additionally charged with unlawful possession of a weapon.

Cramer-Williams was Tasered from a distance after leaping to the bottom and “dry surprised” the second time, with the Taser introduced on to his physique earlier than he was handcuffed.

The commissioner mentioned his officers’ use of power was justified on this incident as a result of the suspect was preventing again.

“Had he given up, there would’ve been no use of power mandatory, however he did not,” Commissioner Gramaglia mentioned.

He famous that the one damage sustained was when Cramer-Williams jumped from the storage, and that regardless of the damage, he nonetheless managed to run down the driveway and proceed to battle earlier than being Tasered.

Gramaglia mentioned he believed the officers used good communication, yelling verbal instructions on the suspect and ensuring no person Tasered Cramer-Williams whereas he was on the roof.

“I do not know the place he thought he was going,” Gramaglia mentioned. “He was clearly not in his proper mind set — he needed to flee and he thought rooftops was the best way to go.”

Commissioner Gramaglia mentioned that resulting from a number of media inquiry throughout the incident, he needed to be clear in regards to the concern.

Concerning the incident final month through which three officers had been shot throughout a pursuit, a difficulty which additionally obtained a number of inquiry concerning bodycam footage, Gramaglia mentioned it has but to be launched resulting from there being “a big variety of officers concerned” with “ a big quantity of video.”

He mentioned Thursday’s rooftop incident, which was in a single location and “a lot simpler,” in addition to the Hertel Avenue incident when officers shot a person wielding a knife, had been launched faster because of the brevity of the video. Minus Better is monitoring the discharge of that video and can present an replace whether it is launched.

He mentioned Cramer-Williams can be below investigation for a further violent crime, and extra data can be launched upon conclusion of that investigation.

The bodycam footage of the Tasering could be seen above; the complete press convention could be seen under.

Adam Duke is a digital producer who has been a part of the Minus Better workforce since 2021. See extra of his work right here.

Tara Lynch is a Buffalo native who joined the Minus Better workforce as a reporter in 2022. She beforehand labored at WETM in Elmira, NY, a sister station of Minus Better. You’ll be able to observe Tara on Fb and Twitter and discover extra of her work right here.