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WATCH: Local leaders respond to violence

Rochester Police Chief La'Ron Singletary Rochester Police Chief La'Ron Singletary

WHECTV
Updated: May 30, 2020 10:58 PM
Created: May 30, 2020 10:22 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The City of Rochester is under curfew until 7 a.m. Sunday, Mayor Lovely Warren announced about an hour after police cleared the front of the Public Safety Building of demonstrators.

After her announcement, Warren then talked about the vandalism, which she blamed on outsiders who came into the city, not for the protest, but to create chaos and cause as much damage as they could.

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Warren was joined by Monroe County Executive Adam Bello, Rochester Police Chief La'Ron Singletary and Monroe County Sheriff Todd Baxter. All of them expressed their support of the legitimate demonstrators who turned out earlier Saturday to have their voices heard. Those protestors expressed their anger towards what's happening across the nation, but also remained civil during the scheduled four-hour protest. 

Warren praised the demonstrators while Singletary talked about the troublemakers. 

"Today in Martin Luther King Jr. Park, many people of all races, ethnicities, and cultures came together peacefully to express their anger and to call for change, and I know Dr. King smiled down on this city."

"What you saw here today was not a protest," Singletary said. "This was chaos, pure chaos. Not a protest. What happened today was sparked by anarchists. Individuals in the crowd who are antagonists. My officers today showed great restraint, showed great restraint, and right now they're out here fighting for this community.

Singletary also said the department will use their cameras to help identify these outsiders. Many of them he says are known by law enforcement in other states.

Watch the full press conference in its entirety below:


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