Community leaders respond to body-worn camera footage |

Community leaders respond to body-worn camera footage

Emily Putnam
Updated: May 15, 2021 11:11 PM
Created: May 15, 2021 10:18 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — After body-worn camera footage was released this weekend from a deadly shooting on Glasser Street Friday morning, community leaders are saying they need more information to understand what really happened. 

The footage reveals that there were three people in the car, which police pulled over for a traffic stop as it matched a description of a car from a previous incident. During the traffic stop, police shot and killed Mark Gaskill of Rochester, who they say had a gun. 

This is the third time this year that police have had to release body-worn camera footage to the public. City Council member and mayoral candidate Malik Evans tells News10NBC that the footage isn’t enough to discern what actually happened. 

"I think you can't tell anything from the body cam footage,” says Evans. “All of it. What led up to it, the circumstances around it, and I think that's what the attorney general and the grand jury and all that will look into."

Former RPD chief and national security expert Cedric Alexander believes that when police spotted a gun in the car, the officers immediately reverted back to their training and acted appropriately. 

"They did the job exactly the way that they were trained to do it,” says Alexander. “They approached with caution. Once they saw a weapon and a threat to them that was immediate, they took all the necessary precautions. Unfortunately, it ended the way that it did."

The Rochester Police Locust Club declined an interview, but released a statement saying in part:

"When an incident involves a police officer, all the focus and dialogue from Mayor Warren is assuring the public that immediately all evidence in the incident will be released and a complete investigation will be guaranteed. Glaringly there is no mention or concern for the welfare of our members, who easily could have been seriously injured or killed."

Both Evans and Alexander believe that transparency and the prompt dissemination of information are crucial to maintaining public trust. 

"If we don't keep the public informed as to where those investigations are and how they're moving along, it create a cloud of suspicion, and that is something that we do not want," says Alexander. 

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