Protesters rally over incident where 10-year-old was handcuffed

Charles Molineaux
Updated: May 20, 2020 06:42 PM
Created: May 20, 2020 06:28 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Rochester city leaders and community activists are demanding policy changes over an arrest in which a child was put in handcuffs.

Demonstrators picketed police Wednesday.


Police Chief La’Ron Singletary has promised an investigation and this morning so did Mayor Lovely Warren.

Members of the City Council are calling the incident disturbing, and say it's hard to justify the handcuffing of a child.

Wednesday afternoon, protesters demonstrated outside of the police station on North Clinton.

They're accusing police of going too far in an incident on Route 104 on Sunday.  

Police representatives say they pulled over a vehicle in a traffic stop on Route 104 then the people in the vehicle got unruly and declared themselves sovereign citizens, saying the laws of the state don't apply to them.

During the episode, police say they did briefly handcuff a 10-year-old girl to keep her from running into the busy road.

City Councilmember Willie Lightfoot and Council President Loretta Scott called for an investigation and a review of policies for dealing with children.

"This trauma that's been induced by law enforcement that say they want to improve the relationship between the community and law-enforcement was defiled and they should take responsibility for that defilement." organizer Clianda Yarde said.

“They were not handcuffing that child to put that child under arrest,” Rochester Police Locust Club President Mike Mazzeo said. “It was to ensure her safety when she would not comply and take the actions they were asking her to do for safety." 

In their statement, Lightfoot and Scott said that if there's not enough guidance on handling children in current policy, then they want them to be changed.

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