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Rochester Teen Says Police Assaulted Him After Puerto Rican Festival

By Staff


ricky bryantSeventeen-year-old Rochester resident Ricky Bryant said at a press conference Aug. 23 that police brutally assaulted him after the Puerto Rican Festival earlier this month.

Rev. Lewis Stewart, president of the United Christian Leadership Ministry, said four Rochester Police Department officers stopped Bryant between 10:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. on Remington St. on Aug. 7.

Police then allegedly pushed him off his bike, and used pepper spray and a Taser to subdue him before taking him into custody.

According to Stewart, police later released Bryant without filing any charges against him.

Bryant’s mother, Angela Bryant, said she contacted the mayor’s office the next day, and received a call back from a city official who informed her there was no record of the arrest, and that police had possibly thought her son was a person who was reported to have been carrying a gun earlier that evening.

Pedro Luis DeJesus, the Remington St. resident who made the report to police, said he saw police approach and beat Bryant, without asking any questions before immediately taking him into custody.

Bryant reportedly suffered an orbital fracture because of the incident.

In addition, although Stewart said there was no police body camera video available of the encounter, Bryant’s attorney, Charles Burkwit, said he is currently trying to get video footage of the arrest.

Stewart said the officers apparently did not have their cameras activated, even though they were in the Clinton Section, which is the first neighborhood in which the cameras had been deployed for use earlier this month.

The RPD has declined to comment on the matter since it is pending litigation; however, according to department officials, they are currently conducting an internal investigation into the matter.

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