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News10NBC obtains RPD body camera video of Assemblyman Gantt crash aftermath

June 05, 2019 06:18 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — News10NBC has obtained a 32-minute video captured on Rochester Police Department body cameras that show the chaos in the moments after a car crash involving New York State Assemblyman David Gantt.

On Wednesday, the City of Rochester released Rochester Police body camera video from the scene of the accident involving New York State Assemblyman David Gantt.

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Four people went to the hospital including injured children. 

The video shows what the police said to the assemblyman, what he said to them and the steps police took to make sure they went by the book.

First, a warning: when the first police officer arrived there were children hurt, a distraught mother and the video is upsetting. 

The video shows one of the first people to come and talk to police was Assemblyman Gantt. It also shows the moment when police issued Gantt a ticket for going through a stop sign. 

On Friday, Assemblyman Gantt's office issued this statement: 

"Yesterday evening, Assemblyman David F. Gantt (D-Rochester) was involved in an automobile accident in which several people were injured. Both parties were ticketed, and alcohol was not a contributing factor in the accident. Fortunately, Assemblyman Gantt is at home recovering. He asks that you keep him and the other passengers involved in the accident in your prayers. He will have no further comment at this time. "
 

The RPD body camera video also shows Mayor Lovely Warren at the accident scene. Based on the time stamp on the video, the mayor arrived approximately an hour after the crash happened. On Wednesday, we asked the mayor who told her about the accident and why she came to the scene. 

She released the following statement Wednesday: 

"While attending the State of the County address, on May 30, I was informed by a member of his staff that Assemblyman David Gantt was involved in a car accident in the city.  It is well known that David is like a father to me and I was concerned about his well-being. At the conclusion of the State of the County, I was informed that David was still in his car and they didn't know if he was okay.  Therefore, like anyone worried about a loved one, I went to check on him."

Click here to watch the first portion of the body cam video.

Click here to watch the second and third portion of the body cam video.

Watch below for the entire RPD body cam footage of the crash involving Assemblyman Gantt

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