Photo: Rochester Police Department.
Photo: Rochester Police Department.
Updated: June 10, 2021 04:05 PM
Created: June 06, 2021 07:13 AM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — An investigator with the Rochester Police Department is on administrative duty following an arrest in the city Saturday night.
Officers spotted a man who was wanted for multiple felony charges in Rochester on Remington Street around 7:30 p.m.
Upon making contact with the man, police say a struggle ensued with officers. One officer suffered a minor injury as a result of the struggle and was treated and released from the hospital. A 31-year-old man and a 32-year-old man were taken into custody.
After an initial review of the video from the incident, Interim Police Chief Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan announced Monday that she placed one investigator on administrative duty until an internal investigation has been completed.
Rochester Police say they are still reviewing body-worn camera footage and will release the footage once the redactions have taken place.
“I am deeply disturbed seeing a resident kicked while he was held to the ground," Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said. "We must ensure that our police department always acts to protect and serve no matter how difficult the situation or arrest. I appreciate Chief Herriott-Sullivan taking quick action to suspend the officer involved and further investigate what occurred.”
The Rochester Police Locust Club also issued a statement over the weekend regarding police encounters over the weekend.
“Over the weekend we have had at least six police officers injured in several incidents throughout the city. Some of those injuries involved the most dangerous situation that a police officer can face when dealing with an armed individual. Unfortunately almost immediately, the public’s attention is drawn to the actions of the police officers. There will always be a review conducted, especially when a police officer uses any type of force.
What is not being addressed is the close face-to-face encounters with individuals who are armed and are willing to make use of a firearm against a police officer. When police officers are on the ground fighting with an individual who has a firearm that the officers cannot get control of, the first public alarm should be “do everything possible to get these individuals off the streets”.
As the officers struggled with an individual in possession of a gun and not secured, bystanders surrounded the officers shouting and taking cell phone videos. At any moment, that loaded pistol could have gone off multiple times striking the officers and the individuals that were encroaching on the officers.
There will be time in any situation to review the actions of police officers using force. The point in time in which an individual is being disarmed is not the time for anyone to interfere. The public needs to stand up now and speak for the victims of gun violence. It is also time to support police officers who are risking their lives taking armed suspects into custody.
This past weekend officers were fired on first while taking a dangerous suspect into custody. The second incident officers were able to prevent an armed suspect from firing a loaded weapon as they wrestled on the ground to take him into custody. These incidents involved individuals in which information was gathered to make an arrest. Individuals that were being investigated for firearms related crimes, and at the time of apprehension had loaded firearms in their possession.
The levels of violence with firearms in this city is unprecedented. No child, no adult, and no police officer are safe with individuals armed with illegal firearms committing violent attacks in our city.
If our streets are not safe, no one is safe.”
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