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RPD Reviews Video Of Officers Trying To Subdue Man On W. Main Street

Rochester Police are responding to  a video that has shown up on social media which shows five officers using force to subdue a man in Downtown Rochester.

(( Video is at the end of this story))

The incident happened Tuesday afternoon at about 3pm in the middle of West Main Street.  RPD says it was dispatched to a call from the Open Door Mission about a man refusing to leave.

They say the caller also stated that the man had said that “police will have to kill him to make him leave.”

Upon arrival, officers say the man walked into the middle of the street and stopped. They say they told the man multiple times to get out of the road, but he refused and fought with the officers.

Police say one officer used a TASER, which was unsuccessful in subduing him and officials say that they did use additional force to control and detain the man.

Officers determined the man appeared to be mentally ill and was conducting himself in a manner which was likely to result in serious harm to himself or others. He was taken to the hospital for an evaluation.

Police officials say that they subject all uses of force to multiple levels of review to determine whether the use of force complied with RPD policies and training and the review is underway for this incident.

Rochester .. A video posted by @_oldirtybastard on Oct 27, 2015 at 12:11pm PDT

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.