Two Rochester Police officers suspended

April 20, 2017 06:40 PM

Two Rochester Police officers have been suspended following an incident on Northhampton Street.

Police say the matter has been referred to the Professional Standards Section for a full investigation following a preliminary review. Surveillance video provided by Davy V TV shows a man being thrown to the ground by officers. 

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On Sunday night, Alexander Garries was testing out a new dirt bike his girlfriend bought him for his birthday. As he was riding in the park across from his house along Northampton Street, he noticed a Rochester police car. He says the car pulled up behind him as he crossed the street to head home but it never put its lights or sirens on.

Garries says, "I just rolled it inside of the driveway and I just put the kickstand down, I looked back and I seen the officer come and grab me and say, 'Get off this bike, it's stolen!' And he just choked slammed me, one of the officers punched me in the rib."

It was captured on a surveillance camera outside his house. After Garries' girlfriend was able to provide paperwork showing the bike was not stolen, the cops let him go.

"Took him out of the car, gave him back all the stuff, they took out of his pockets and just gave him a ticket," says Jamie Paul.

The ticket was for unlicensed operation which Garries says he'll pay, but the couple also wants the officers, who they say used excessive force, to pay for how this whole situation was handled.

"If we didn't have the cameras, they would have gotten away with it," says Paul.

The Rochester police chief says the video does help. It will be compared to the officer's body cam videos and reports during the internal investigation.

Jennifer Lewke: "Would it have risen to this level of investigation from the command staff had this other piece of video not come forward?"

Chief Ciminelli: "It did not go through the review process yet, but again, the physical actions of the officers were physically stated in the report, I should say."

The two suspended officers were training two rookies the night this happened. One of the veterans involved has been accused of brutality in the past. The chief wouldn't comment on that only saying: "In this particular case, the video does raise some concerns and based on available documentation and information we have, we couldn't answer those concerns."


Jennifer Lewke

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