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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

PAB lawyers up to help gain access to RPD documents

Mar 25, 2021
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The Rochester Police Accountability Board has retained a New York City law firm in an effort to ensure the Rochester Police Department complies with the board’s requests for information during investigations.

We sit down with Gates Police Chief James VanBrederode and Officer Mike Furia. Officer Furia was recently praised for his interaction with a man who said he was homeless, and who officers thought was experiencing a mental health crisis. Furia brought the man to a shelter, just one day before he was shot and killed by an RPD officer.

We talk with him and the chief about responding to calls that involve mental health issues. Our guests: 

  • James VanBrederode, Gates Police Chief 
  • Mike Furia, Gates Police Officer  

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.

We sit down with members of the Rochester Police Accountability Board to discuss a number of recent events that have placed Rochester back in the national spotlight: the grand jury decision in the Daniel Prude case; RPD officers pepper spraying a nine-year-old girl; and, most recently, officers pepper spraying a mother while her three-year-old child was nearby.

Our guests discuss their ideas for reform, and the possible impact of the PAB having disciplinary powers. Our guests:

  • Conor Dwyer Reynolds, executive director of the Rochester Police Accountability Board 
  • Shani Wilson, chair of the Rochester Police Accountability Board 
  • Celia McIntosh, vice chair of the Rochester Police Accountability Board 
  • Arlene Brown, member of the Rochester Police Accountability Board

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.


Rochester Police released body camera footage Friday of a woman who was pepper-sprayed by officers on Portland Avenue last month while she was with her child. 

In a news conference Friday, the Police Accountability Board claimed the woman was also tackled, but that wasn’t clear in the video that police released.

Rochester Police say one of their officers fired his gun after an incident involving a stolen vehicle early Sunday morning.

It happened around 4:40 a.m. Sunday when, according to RPD, two officers tried to stop a stolen vehicle at 780 Dewey Ave.

Officials say that during the traffic stop, the suspect put the vehicle in reverse and struck the officer’s vehicle while the officers were standing in the open door jamb of the car. Authorities say that one officer fired at least one round from his gun, hitting the suspect’s car.

No, those RPD officers were not wearing neo-Nazi symbols

Feb 26, 2021
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Within hours of demonstrators taking to the streets Tuesday to protest that Daniel Prude's arresting officers would not face criminal charges, social media posts alleging that some officers at the demonstration were wearing neo-Nazi symbols on their uniforms began to circulate.

University of Rochester

Ibram X. Kendi, best-selling author and anti-racist activist, addressed recent pain and anger in Rochester over the Daniel Prude investigation during a talk on Wednesday night.

The author of "How to Be an Antiracist" gave a virtual talk as part of the University of Rochester’s 20th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address.

Kendi commented on this week’s announcement that a grand jury will not indict the Rochester police officers involved in the incident last year where Daniel Prude suffocated and later died.