The Rochester Police Department has released new video of the controversial arrest of a woman near Hollenbeck St. on Sept. 16.
In addition, Mayor Lovely Warren has announced the city will launch a new outreach initiative to help police better connect community members in the coming months.
“There is no doubt trust has been broken on both sides,” Warren stated.
City Councilman Adam McFadden has also said he plans to propose legislation to advance the city’s civilian review board process.
The announcement of the two initiatives came following the release of viral video last week, which showed an RPD officer’s use of force while arresting a woman near Ave. A and Hollenbeck streets.
The release of the video sparked cries of police brutality throughout the community.
Subsequently, McFadden held a community meeting to discuss the incident with city officials; however the meeting ended abruptly due to community members becoming hostile toward RPD officers.
The city decided to release its own video Tuesday, taken from the arresting officers’ body cameras, in an effort to maintain officials’ transparency with the public, officials said.
RPD police began wearing the body cameras in August.
Visit http://www.cityofrochester.gov/article.aspx?id=8589969893 to view the video, or click on the links below.
Video 5 (Police Overt Digital Surveillance System, Bluelight Camera Video)