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Students arrested on Main Street in court

Updated: 11/29/2013 5:39 PM
Created: 11/29/2013 12:26 PM WHEC.com
By: Joangel Concepcion

Some are saying the arrest of three teens in the city was unfair and out of line. On Friday, those teens were in court to face a judge.

Rochester Police have charged them with disorderly conduct and say the teens were obstructing the sidewalk on Main Street. But the teens say they were just waiting for the bus when the police arrested them.

These young men are considered star athletes at Edison Tech and their families say they have never been in trouble before and they shouldn't be in trouble now. Days after the arrest, they are still trying to make sense of what happened.

Daequon Carelock says, "You're just downtown minding your own business and the next thing you know, anything can happen."

"We tried to tell them that we were waiting for the bus," says Wan'Tauhjs Weathers. "We weren't catching a city bus, we were catching a yellow bus. He didn't care. He arrested us anyways."

Police tell us a different story. They say early Wednesday morning, an officer witnessed several teens gathering in front of a store near North Clinton Avenue and Main Street.

Police say they were blocking the sidewalk and the entrance to a store and they say they told the teens to leave several times. But according to the officer, the teens did not move from the area. The three teens were then placed under arrest.

They were supposed to enter their plea on Friday, but the judge pushed the date to December 11.

The teens are sticking by their story and say they were just waiting for the bus. They got a lot of support from family members at court and even a member of the school board

"I'm very concerned about a pattern of young people being abused by police authority," says Rochester City School Board Member Mary Adams. "To me, this seems like a really clear case, part of a pattern."

Crystal Chapman, the mother of one of the teens, says, "They are not bad kids. They are awesome boys. They all have good grades in school. I don't want them to be profiled at all."

Edison Tech coach Jacob Scott says, "It's a catastrophe. These young men were doing nothing wrong. They did nothing wrong. They did what they were supposed to do and yet they still get arrested."

We are told police have received complaints in the past from the store owner about people loitering and fighting in front of the store and that's one of the reasons why police say they were monitoring that area.

The teens are out on bail and they are hoping the charges will be dropped at their next court date--in less than 2 weeks.



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