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Warren’s budget would boost PAB funding, cut police spending

May 14, 2021
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Mayor Lovely Warren’s proposed 2021-22 budget would reduce funding for the Rochester Police Department, expand the city’s crisis intervention services, and provide the Police Accountability Board with the full $5 million it requested.

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Rochester Police early Saturday morning released 42 minutes of redacted body-worn camera video from officers at the scene of an incident that happened early Friday. That is when officers shot and killed a suspect who was sitting in the back of a car during a traffic stop on Glasser Street.

On Saturday night, police identified the man as Mark Gaskill, 28, of Rochester.

New York State Attorney General Letitia James is investigating the incident. It is now standard procedure in the state for the attorney general to investigate incidents where police cause someone’s death.

Rochester Police are investigating a shooting on Monroe Avenue early Friday morning that killed one person and injured two others.

Officers were called to the area of Monroe Ave. and Woodlawn St, which is near Meigs St. at about 1:00 a.m. for a report of shots being fired.

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Officers with the Rochester Police Department brutalized protesters, lawyers, and innocent bystanders during Black Lives Matter protests in September, according to a federal lawsuit filed in the United States Western New York District Court.


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A day after Rochester City Council announced its plans for police reform, the Rochester Police Department has released policy changes of its own. 

In a statement from Police Chief Cynthia Herriott’s office Tuesday, the department announced that it updated its mental hygiene detention policy

Divided City Council passes police reform plan

Mar 29, 2021
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Two days before the deadline, Rochester City Council has passed its state-mandated police reform plan.

Rochester Police continue to investigate an incident that happened late Friday night where they say a man went to the top floor of the South Avenue parking garage while holding his 1-year-old child.

Authorities say he then jumped to his death while holding the child.

The man, who was in his 40s, was pronounced dead at the scene. The child was taken to the hospital and had been reported critical condition. But on Sunday, RPD said that while the child's condition is still serious, their condition is improving.

Rochester Police have announced some policy changes as the department continues to look at overall reforms and changes, partly in preparation for a state-required plan to reimagine public safety, due for all municipalities, by April 1.

On Monday, RPD released policy updates in two areas -- “duty to intervene” and the use of chokeholds. (The complete documents are below)

For duty to intervene, changes include:

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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.

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