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By law, NYS AG will investigate the fatal RPD shooting

Berkeley Brean
Created: May 14, 2021 06:33 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — By law, the investigation into the shooting death Friday morning is in the hands of the New York State Attorney General. 

In New York, every death in police custody or at the hands of police is handled by the attorney general, whether the person killed was armed or not.

In an email Friday, the State Attorney General's Office said its special investigations team "opened an investigation into the death of a civilian who died this morning." The attorney general was called by Mayor Lovely Warren just before the mayor's press conference on the city budget.  

Mayor Lovely Warren: "Again, we will comply fully with the attorney general's investigation as this investigation is now under her purview."

The mayor said the body camera video should go to the AG's office as soon as possible. The mayor said she watched some of it this morning. 

Warren: "Any time you see anyone lose their life you're going to be upset. And so there is not a body worn camera video you see where an officer has to put their hands on an individual and it sits right with you. That doesn't mean they're not in compliance with the law."

In the budget, the mayor wants to allocate five million to the Police Accountability Board. The money would hire as many as 50 employees.

On News10NBC live at 5:30, here's what the executive director of the PAB said about the funding.  

Conor Reynolds, Police Accountability Board: "What the PAB would be able to do if we had all this funding would have people on the scene immediately responding to officer-involved shootings, independently collective evidence, gathering the facts and making sure the community had a trusted source to be able to say what actually happened in these controversial incidents."
The mayor's proposed budget is voted on by City Council in June. 

Brean: "Mayor, what convinced to fully fund the PAB?"

Warren: "We want to be able to get started with doing their work and that's what we're going to ensure that they have the resources to do so."

The law making the attorney general investigate deaths at the hands of police for people who are armed took effect on April 1. That's why the shooting death of Tyshon Jones who was going towards police officers armed with a knife in front of the Open Door Mission in March is investigated by the Monroe County District Attorney. 

The AG investigated and the death of Daniel Prude, who stopped breathing in Rochester Police custody in March 2020. He died a week later at Strong Hospital.

The grand jury, in that case, voted not to indict the officers. 


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