Updated: January 31, 2021 09:38 PM
Created: January 31, 2021 11:25 AM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — During a press conference Sunday on an incident where an RPD officer used pepper spray on a nine-year-old girl, Mayor Lovely Warren expressed her disappointment with the video and said that we need to do more to support children and families that are going through mental health crises.
"This is not something that any of us should want to justify, can justify, this is something we have to change. It's not an option. We must change how we do business, how we treat people. We have to understand, that they at the very core are human beings and we must treat each other as we want to be treated, as we want our loved ones to be treated," said Warren.
Warren explained that due to the nature of the call and the number of events happening at that location, a police presence was required and the "Person in Crisis" team was not called.
Warren discussed her commitment to the community to bring change through executive orders.
"We are going through this process of looking at policies, procedures, how we recruit," said Warren.
Police Chief Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan also spoke at the press conference and explained that she wasn't going to condone the actions of the officer and that these incidents aren't who they are as a department.
Herriott-Sullivan plans to work with the community to ensure that this incident doesn't happen in the future.
After the press conference was over, the Rochester Police Department released the body camera footage to the public.
To watch the full press conference click on the player above.
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