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Update: RPD Says Use of Officers’ Force In Viral Video “Reasonable”

By Staff



Update: Rochester Police Department Chief Michael Ciminelli said the actions of officers involved in the Oct. 27 arrest of an individual on W. Main St. were “reasonable and appropriate,” however the situation is still currently under review.

According to Ciminelli, the 13-second video didn’t tell the entire story of what happened during the individual’s altercation with police, and the entire incident actually lasted approximately two minutes.

Rev. Lewis Stewart, president of United Christian Leadership Ministry, has requested a meeting with Mayor Lovely Warren and Ciminelli to discuss the incident.

The Rochester Police Department is reviewing the use of force by five officers, in an attempt to subdue an individual on W. Main St. Oct. 27, after a viral video began circulating on social media Oct. 28.

The RPD released a statement saying the officers had been called to the Open Door Mission, at 210 W. Main St., around 3 p.m. that afternoon, regarding a man who refused to leave the property.

Police said the man told the caller “police will have to kill him to make him leave.”

Subsequently, according to police, when they arrived at the location, the man walked into the middle of traffic, refusing to leave, then resisted arrest when the officers tried to approach him.

Police said the officers tried unsuccessfully to tase the man, then used “additional force to control and detain the individual.”

According to the officers, the man appeared to be mentally ill, and presented a danger to himself and others.

The unidentified individual has currently been taken to a mental hospital for evaluation, “pursuant to Section 9.41 New York State Mental Hygiene Law,” police stated.

According to the RPD, a “review process is underway for this event.”

The video is currently available at