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Rochester Police Locust Club President Michael Mazzeo has filed an ethics complaint against City Council member Mary Lupien, and the city’s ethics board has accepted it.

The complaint stemmed from a mass email Lupien sent on March 11, which included a petition from the nonprofit civil rights and social justice group Color for Change. The petition called for a Department of Justice investigation into potential civil rights violations by the Rochester Police Department.

Rochester Police officials say their officers shot a suspect Friday night who had first fired at them. The suspect was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

Interim Chief Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan says that a SWAT team had been tracking the suspect, described as a man in his 20s, for a lengthy period of time. She says he was wanted for charges that include assault and attempted murder and had a history of being involved in a number of prior shootings.

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The Rochester Police Department has announced its second-highest ranking official will be leaving.

On Tuesday, Interim Chief Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan announced that Executive Deputy Chief Andre Anderson is leaving effective May 31. She said Anderson has accepted another position which will enable him to be closer to his family.

Anderson joined the RPD last October. The chief said Anderson committed to staying for a minimum of six months, while his family remained out west, in order to support Herriott-Sullivan in her efforts to reform the department.

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.

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Former Attorney General Eric Holder addressed Rochester police officers on Thursday in a keynote address at a new two-day mandatory training program, called the Robert E. Craig Institute for Ethical Leadership.

Holder, who was A.G. under the Obama administration, spoke to about 75 officers in attendance. All other officers are required to view a recording of the training, which is meant to move the department towards police reform. 

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The Rochester Police Department announced a new training program for officers on Wednesday. The mandatory two-day program will take place in May. 

It’s called the Robert E. Craig Institute for Ethical Leadership, named after the former RPD deputy chief who was at the announcement. 

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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It's been a year since Daniel Prude died after Rochester police officers restrained him during a mental health arrest. He had been rendered brain-dead during the March 23 arrest and was taken off life support a week later. 

What happened to Prude reignited an already active movement for racial justice, this time focusing on mental health and policing. 

Some police officers receive crisis intervention team, or CIT, training. It's a program that’s been in place since 2004. 

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.