City of Rochester

We welcome the chairs of the RASE Commission. The commission recently released its final report, detailing a variety of ways that Rochester and Monroe County can address racial any quality. Some of those ideas are economic, while others focus on policing and other areas. The commissioners are hoping that their report is the catalyst for change.

Our guests:

  • Bill Johnson, co-chair of the RASE Commission, and former mayor of Rochester
  • Muhammad Shafiq, co-chair of the RASE Commission, executive director of the Brian and Jean Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue, and professor of Islamic and religious studies at Nazareth College

Is Rochester ready to finalize a plan for reparations? Mayor Lovely Warren said on Friday that she wants to see reparations for Black residents and residents of color who have long suffered from the multi-generational impact of redlining and economic dispossession. How would this work?

Last week, the RASE Commission released its own report and recommendations for action, but two members of the commission dissented, because they wanted to see a recommendation for reparations. We've invited them to join us, to explain how they think this could be done. We've also invited Rochester's two mayoral candidates to join us.

Confirmed guests:

  • Damond Wilson, RASE Commissioner and member of Spiritus Christi Prison Outreach
  • Danielle Ponder, RASE Commissioner and attorney
  • Malik Evans, candidate for Rochester Mayor

Note: Mayor Lovely Warren was unable to join the conversation.

Spectrum News

An emotional news conference took place Sunday on the steps of Spiritus Christi Church to talk about the life of Tyshon Jones.

He’s the 29-year-old Gates man who was shot and killed by Rochester Police Wednesday near the Open Door Mission on West Main Street.

The deadly shooting happened when, according to police, Jones had taken some knives from the mission, and then threatened officers.

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Rochester City Council is set to vote on a resolution recommending that the city administration and Police Chief Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan consider firing the officers responsible for the death of Daniel Prude almost one year ago.

The proposed resolution was introduced Thursday afternoon and approved by a City Council committee later in the day on an 8 to 1 vote. It will be considered during Council’s regular meeting on Tuesday.

To mark the anniversary of the first locally confirmed case of COVID-19, Monroe County Executive Adam Bello and Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren have declared Thursday, March 11 as COVID-19 Commemoration Day in Monroe County.

They are asking all residents to shine a light at 8 p.m. in memory of the lives lost to COVID-19 and as thanks to all the healthcare and essential workers who have contributed to keeping the community safe during the pandemic.

A man who was shoved out of his wheelchair by Rochester police eight years ago during an arrest is seeking a new trial.

A jury awarded Benny Warr a dollar for his lawsuit against the Rochester Police Department two years ago. His lawyer says that trial had several problems, however.


ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP)  Attorneys for the five children of Daniel Prude, a Black man who died after being restrained by police during a mental health episode, announced a federal lawsuit Monday against the city of Rochester, alleging wrongful death and civil rights violations.

The family claims in the suit in U.S. District Court that both the actions of the Rochester police and an "attempted cover-up" by the department and city government violated Prude's constitutional rights, attorneys for the family said in a statement.

City of Rochester

Around the time that a Rochester police officer pulled out her pepper spray to use on a 9-year-old-girl, Mike Mazzeo, the president of the Rochester Police Locust Club union, pulled out a pen to sign a lawsuit contesting recent appointments by the police chief to the Rochester Police Department’s top brass.

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Rochester City officials continue to work to get more people signed up for vaccinations at a site that is opening up Wed., March 3, on St. Paul Street, in the parking lot of the former Kodak Hawkeye plant.

For the last week, vaccination sign-ups have only been open to eligible residents in specific zip codes; the idea is to help target communities of color and others who have been hit disproportionately by COVID-19.

Monroe County, the city of Rochester, Wegmans and the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce have partnered to vaccinate grocery store employees, including those who work at independent stores and bodegas, against COVID-19.

“Grocery store employees have been on the front lines since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, playing a critical role in providing goods and services that are needed throughout these unprecedented times, while keeping our public health at the forefront,” said County Executive Adam Bello.