2 charged in unrest after May 30 protest plead not guilty

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Created: June 18, 2020 02:54 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) —  Two men who police say took part in thousands of dollars of vandalism to city property last month pleaded not guilty Thursday morning.

It happened after a Black Lives Matter rally on May 30.


Andrew Bell, 24, of Rochester is charged with criminal mischief and riot. 

Police say Bell joined others who smashed the windows of several police cars, turned them over and ultimately set them on fire.

Gary Fitzsimmons, 30, is charged with burglary, riot and criminal mischief. 

Police say Fitzsimmons was with a group who smashed two windows at the State Attorney General's Regional Office on Exchange Boulevard.

Both were released and are scheduled to return to court on Wednesday.

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