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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.

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  

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

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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.

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A number of area officials and legislators are reacting to the decision by a grand jury not to indict RPD officers in connection with the death of Daniel Prude last year:

Statement from Mayor Lovely Warren regarding the NYS Attorney General’s conclusion of its investigation into the death of Daniel Prude:

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.

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