Police: 5 arrests made after fights following East High School football game

Updated: September 15, 2019 08:25 PM
Created: September 13, 2019 09:43 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y (WHEC) — The Rochester Police Department made five arrests, three juveniles, and two adults after multiple fights broke out at East High School Friday night. 

According to police, multiple fights broke out following the Irondequoit-East High School football game at East High School in Rochester. Police say that the fights started around 8:30 p.m., right after the game ended. 

One police captain says he estimated there were hundreds of people fighting after the game.

Police used verbal warnings, pepper balls and pepper spray to try to contain the crowd. Many officers were hit by rocks, bottles, and other debris. 

Two officers were injured during the incident and both were treated for their injuries. 

Several people were taken to the hospital for treatment of pepper spray/bottle related injuries. 

East High School superintendent Dr. Shaun Nelms gave this statement about the fights:

"We had a wonderful night of football at the East stadium. Unfortunately, after a successful game there were fights outside the stadium. The Rochester police were notified immediately. We have since learned that a community issue was brought to the East campus. We are in the process of gathering information and working with Rochester Police to fully investigate this matter.  Please understand that it will take time to sort out the details and make sure that the information is accurate. As always, our major concern is for students and their families. We are grateful to the Rochester Police Department for their partnership and ongoing support. We are fortunate to be part of a community in which the police department works closely with schools to ensure the safety of the entire Rochester community."

The Rochester Police Department is working with the Rochester City School District and the Rochester City School Safety and Security to ensure that this behavior does not happen again.

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