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RPD fires officer who was convicted of assault

Jun 12, 2019

The Rochester Police Officer recently convicted of misdemeanor assault has been fired.

The RPD put out a statement Wednesday saying that as a result of the 3rd degree assault conviction of Officer Michael Sippel on May 28, he has been fired effective the date of his conviction.

Officials say because of the public officers law, Sippel can no longer be employed by the police department since his conviction constitutes a crime involving a violation of the oath of office.

Sippel was found guilty last week after prosecutors said that in May of last year, he assaulted Christopher Pate on Bloss Street, in what was later said to be a case of mistaken identity.

Interim Rochester Police Chief La’Ron Singletary released this statement:

“The men and women of the Rochester Police Department do a tremendous job protecting and serving the citizens of Rochester each and every day. I remain steadfast in supporting the officers of this department who go out and place their lives on the line for this community. As a department, we remain committed to working with our residents to strengthen police-community relations and further improve the safety of our City for all.”