Buffalo Mayor to Rioter: 'We Have You on Camera, You Idiot, We'll Find You and Prosecute You'

By Michael W. Chapman | June 1, 2020 | 10:35am EDT
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown (D).  (Getty Images)
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown (D). (Getty Images)

(CNSNews) -- During rioting in downtown Buffalo, N.Y., on Saturday night someone threw a flaming object through a City Hall window, which sparked a fire that was quickly extinguished. In response, Mayor Byron Brown held a press conference on Sunday and said the "idiot" who started the fire was "on camera" and will be found and prosecuted.

“I want to send a message, to the idiot, on camera, that lit a fire in City Hall by throwing a box that was on fire through a window," said Mayor Brown.

"We have you on camera, you idiot," he said.  "We’re going to find you and prosecute you to the full extent of the law."


A reported 1,500 people demonstrated on Saturday in Buffalo near Niagra Square, a protest against the death of George Floyd, who died in police custody in Minneapolis on Monday, May 25. One of the officers who pinned Floyd to the ground, Derek Chauvin, has been charged with third-degree murder in the case.

A curfew was imposed on Saturday at 10:30 p.m. in Buffalo.  Although most of the demonstrators had gone home, local media reported that some activists stayed and there were several skirmishes with police.

(Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

At one point, someone threw a flaming object into a window at City Hall.

Local radio news station WBEN reported that Buffalo Police Captain Jeff Rinaldo confirmed "that he and his force have recovered 'some extremely good footage' of the criminal who launched the object at city hall."

"He was foolish enough to do this in front [of] a news crew," Rinaldo told WBEN. "So we will be putting a laser focus on that person to bring them to justice."

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