Under The Radar - Good Cop, Bad Cop


By Francis White

What’s done in the dark eventually comes to light. On a memorable night 10 years ago, former Buffalo police officer Cariol Horne saw something that wasn’t right and she reacted in the best interest of the community. Unbeknownst to her at the time, her reaction to this particular situation would set her and her family up to be sacrificed to the “god of the Blue Wall of Silence.”

Like in the “Children of the Corn” movies, this is a questionable and jealous god who commands its followers (members of law enforcement) to swear allegiance to it above all else – even over the wider community at large. It knows and loves only itself, and the hold it has over its followers is very, very powerful. No one should ever underestimate this unseemly entity.

On that night 10 years ago, Cariol stopped a fellow rogue officer from almost killing a suspect at a crime scene. She saved a man's life, and as a reward for her good service she was fired from the force and the city said "adios" to her pension. Sometimes living in Buffalo NY is like living in Bizzaro World and Cariol’s story is one of the most bizarre scenarios that this city has ever seen. She’s been dealing with a lot for the past 10 years.

For 10 years she’s struggled with what it means to live with a drastic down grade in employment. For 10 years she’s struggled with losing her pension. For 10 years she’s struggled with losing her house. For 10 years she’s struggled with being a single mother raising a family with menial resources. For 10 years she’s sacrificed a lot for what she believes in and nowadays these types of folks, men and women of integrity are in short supply.

What’s it going to take for this woman to get the respect that she deserves – to regain a sense of dignity? Stray dogs have been treated better by the city of Buffalo and state of New York. And, based on recent developments, she should be getting a commendation. The officer who she had a confrontation with in saving a man’s life was recently found to be involved in a smorgasbord of corruption. The god of the Blue Wall of Silence has finally met its match in Buffalo NY. What’s done in the dark eventually comes to light.

She kept on telling anyone who would listen that what happened to her was wrong, and it must be made right. I remember that some people were telling her “to give it up.” I’m glad she didn’t give up, because things are looking better. Cariol is a longtime member of PUSH Buffalo and the Mayor of Buffalo has recently reached out to start talking about her situation. Keep on fighting Cariol, Frank White and the community has your back.