Did Permits and Inspections Commissioner "East Aurora" Jim Comerford interfere with local law enforcement?
You won't get stories like this from the mainstream local media. This story clearly illustrates the level of corruption taking place in this city. This is the kind of stuff that used to go unreported, save for small talk in local watering holes. But the Blogger has people everywhere these days and the walls have ears. At the request of frustrated members of law enforcement, I was asked to report the facts of an incident which took place yesterday.
It seems yesterday, a Buffalo police squad car was parked on Eden Street near Abbott Road. From what I'm told, they were investigating reports of drug activity in the neighborhood. Although they were not targeting her house, the wife of Inspections Commissioner Jim Comerford somehow got into a verbal altercation with one of the officers. At some point, Comerford's son became involved and the argument got heated. It was at that point, according to my sources, that Comerford's son shoved the police officer (a highly respected and decorated Lieutenant) and was subsequently arrested.
What would happen to you or I if we fought with a police officer? We'd be charged with assault. But I guess when you line the mayor's pockets, your kids don't have to play by the same rules as the rest of us. The young Comerford was taken to the South District Police Station for booking. My sources tell me that Jim Comerford was then contacted and summoned there. When confronted with the facts, instead of thanking the officers for doing their jobs, Comerford began berating them and was even heard shouting, "Do you know who I am? I'll have your badges by Monday morning!" The officers took an oath to enforce the law, and now their careers were being threatened for doing exactly that.
Commissioner Dan Derenda showed up at the request of Comerford (in a clear act of intimidation towards the officers). Derenda told everyone involved, "listen, we're going to pretend this incident never happened" and the young man was released.
From what I'm told, the officers were extremely upset that political connections took precedence over their ability to enforce the law. The Buffalo News won't report this story. 2,4, and 7 won't report this story, either. Commissioner Derenda says it never happened. I say it did happen, and the 2,000 people who look at this site each week can decide for themselves whether it happened. Ironically, Comerford's son will eventually become a Buffalo Police officer or Firefighter, after your son or daughter scores higher than him on the test. Oh, well. Such is life. The Blogger reports. The Blogger decides.
(*We contacted the mayor's media spokesman for a comment on this story. He referred us to his spokeswoman and told us not to bother him when he's playing with his toy blocks.)