Rochester mayor speaks out about suspect in stabbing of RPD officer

Created: October 09, 2019 08:22 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren is speaking out about the man accused of stabbing an officer of the Rochester Police Department.

Keith Williams pleaded "not guilty" Wednesday to attempted aggravated murder and aggravated assault of a police officer for attacking Officer Denny Wright last Friday at a home on Peck Street.


Williams, 28, is familiar to police. In June, police ended up in a standoff with Williams after he allegedly shot a man in the head following a fistfight. He was charged with assault, illegal weapons possession, and menacing. 

The Monroe County District Attorney said on Wednesday that Williams was released because the victim was uncooperative, but the mayor still wants to know why he was out on the streets in the first place.

"The question is, what happened?" she said. "Why was he on the streets for this to happen, and I think that's the better question to ask, and I know that many people around our city, as well as not only city hall, and the police department is asking those questions. We can ask our officers to do their job, which is to keep our community safe and be keepers of the peace."

Williams is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday, while Wright remains at Rochester General Hospital.

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