City of Rochester

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The decision by a grand jury not to indict Rochester Police officers involved in the incident last March that eventually led to the death of Daniel Prude brought hundreds of protesters to different parts of the city on Tuesday night.

It started with speeches by activists and a gathering on Jefferson Avenue, where so many other protests started out last year. Jefferson Avenue is where Prude was pinned to the pavement by police after they responded to the reports of a man acting erratically. Prude suffocated after being held down by officers, and he died a week later.

Rochester Police have named four officers who they say were involved in the Jan. 29 incident on Harris St. where a 9-year-old girl was handcuffed and pepper-sprayed. The incident occured after police responded to a call that started with a call of a possibly stolen vehicle, and ended with officers trying to deal with the distraught child.

Brouk and Bronson announce ‘Daniel’s Law’

Feb 4, 2021
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A proposed law, drafted and backed by Rochester’s state Legislature delegation, would create a system allowing mental health professionals to respond to mental health and substance abuse crises and limit when police can take people experiencing those crises into custody.

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Mayor Lovely Warren on Thursday released a summary of reforms to policing she hopes to see and that she is scheduled to detail in the evening during an online public forum at 7 p.m.

A Rochester woman is speaking out about an incident that has garnered worldwide attention, when her 9-year-old daughter was handcuffed and pepper-sprayed by city police last Friday.

Elba Pope told WXXI News her daughter is doing better, but she’s still distraught about the incident last week when police responded to a report of family trouble and found the child yelling for her dad as she walked outside her house in the bitter cold.

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Rochester City Council President Loretta Scott  announced she will not be running for re-election this year.

Scott was first elected to Council in 2009, and is now in her third term. She was elected Council President in 2014.

Prior to her time on Council, Scott was Commissioner of Parks, Recreation, and Human Services which made her the first Black woman to head a city department.

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The city of Rochester has officially launched its Person in Crisis (PIC) team, a corps of social workers which will be available to respond to mental health and substance abuse calls that would otherwise be fielded by police.

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A regional appellate court has denied a plea for a change of venue by lawyers representing Mayor Lovely Warren and two of her campaign associates in their criminal campaign finance case — setting the stage for a trial in Rochester.


Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren has a challenger from within the ranks of City Council in this year’s mayoral election. City Council member Malik Evans announced in a campaign video on Monday night that he will enter the 2021 mayoral race.

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The University of Rochester Medical Center opened a downtown COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Friday. It’s located at Manhattan Square Family Medicine on East Broad Street. 

John Clark is Regional Administrative Director with URMC’s Center for Primary Care. He said they started off with a small number of vaccinations on Friday, but they expect to ramp that up in the weeks ahead.