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Locust Club 'extremely disappointed' in RPD for firing Sippel

June 13, 2019 05:45 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The Rochester Police Locust Club says its "extremely disappointed" in the Rochester Police Department for firing a police officer who was found guilty of beating an innocent man.

Michael Sippel was fired Wednesday after he was found guilty of misdemeanor third-degree assault last month. Both the prosecution and defense agreed that Sippel and another officer approached Christopher Pate on Bloss Street last May after mistaking him for a wanted suspect. Prosecutors said Sippel beat, tased and handcuffed Pate even though he showed the officers his ID, proving he wasn't the suspect.

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The Locust Club issued the following statement on the department's decision to fire Sippel:

“The members of the Rochester Police Locust Club are extremely disappointed by the action of the Rochester Police Department to terminate the employment of Officer Michael Sippel. We will have no further comment on this matter as we explore future legal options on behalf of Officer Sippel.”

Interim Chief La'Ron D. Singletary released the following statement Wednesday regarding Sippel's termination:

"The Men and Women of the Rochester Police Department do a tremendous job protecting and serving the citizens of Rochester each and every day. I remain steadfast in supporting the officers of this department who go out and place their lives on the line for this community. As a department, we remain committed to working with our residents to strengthen police-community relations and further improve the safety of our City for all."

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