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Rochester Police: Debris fires on Jay and Orchard Street followed Sunday protests

Rochester Police: Debris fires on Jay and Orchard Street followed Sunday protests Photo: News10NBC.

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Updated: May 17, 2021 03:00 PM
Created: May 17, 2021 02:03 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The Rochester Police Department says nobody was hurt or arrested in connection to a series of debris fires that were lit on several Rochester streets Sunday night.

Police say the events started around 6 p.m. as a group of protestors began to gather at Glasser Street and Masseth Street. It's where Rochester Police shot and killed Mark Gaskill on Friday. 

RPD said a group of approximately 75-90 protestors began their march and gathered in the area of Child Street and Campbell Street, which is near an RPD barracks. Roughly three hours after gathering at the shooting scene, police estimate 50 protestors stopped at Child Street and Jay Street and lit three construction barrels on fire in the middle of the road. Reports of a vehicle fire also came in. 

Soon after, at Jay Street and Orchard Street, the group lit more debris on fire in the roadway. Officers blocked traffic as protestors marched.

Police say around midnight approximately 20-25 protestors remained at Jay Street and Orchard Street and the group of protestors re-lit the vehicle that was previously burned. 

The Rochester Fire Department says two vehicles and multiple trash totes were set on fire, and the fires posed no threat of extending to nearby buildings.

Rochester Fire crews put the flames out. A News10NBC photojournalist reported that some police protected crews as they worked to put out the fires. 


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