RPD stepping up presence in East End Bar District

Updated: July 31, 2020 05:36 PM
Created: July 30, 2020 02:54 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The Rochester Police Department is doubling police presence in the East End Bar District this weekend after two men were shot last weekend.

Police attempted to disperse a large crowd that had gathered at the Alexander Bar District around 1 a.m. Sunday when people began throwing bottles and other objects at officers, and shots were fired by people in the crowd.


A 25-year-old and a 42-year-old were both shot in separate incidents. Both had non-life-threatening injuries.

There will be State Police conducting STOP DWI checkpoints, increased foot patrol and increased lighting in parking lots. Police will also be reinforcing quality of life issues.

Police say people in bars have to eat, and they're not being let in if they arrive right before last call.

"Folks can come out, have a good time, feel safe, but the fact of the matter is with the current pandemic and the current restrictions for COVID we simple can't handle the crowds in the East End safely that we used to be able to handle," Capt. David Smith said. "We need to reduce that."

Police are reminding people not to drink and drive, use designated drivers and rideshare services and to call 911 if they see something that is unsafe.

On a normal weekend, there are five to 10 RPD officers stationed at the East End.

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