Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Rochester, NY Cops Were Not Wearing Body-Cams When They Kicked, Tasered, Pepper Sprayed, and Shot Black Teen with Pepper Ball Rounds, in Case of Mistaken Identity

Rochester, NY Mayor Lovely Warren 


Friday morning, Rochester, NY Mayor Lovely Warren, Rochester Police Chief Michael Ciminnelli, and members of Rochester clergy met in a closed door meeting to discuss the police beating of a 17-year old black teen by several Rochester, NY cops.

Afterwards, clergy members said they viewed a surveillance video from one of the Rochester, NY Police Department's blue light cameras which was located on Remington Street, about 2 blocks away from where several Rochester Police officers beat 17-year old Rickey Bryant in early August.

Rochester clergy members say the video shows Bryant riding his bike when nearly a dozen Rochester, NY cops run up on him and begin beating the black teen.

Rochester, NY Police Chief Michael Ciminnelli admitted that there was excessive force used on Rickey Bryant, but said that his department is now investigating whether that force was justified.

Clergy members said the video clearly shows a defenseless and non-resisting Rickey Bryant is seen being beaten by Rochester, NY cops.

Also, after watching the surveillance video, Rochester, NY Mayor Lovely Warren has said she welcomes an investigation by the Attorney General and/or the FBI.



When Rochester, NY Mayor Lovely Warren and Rochester Police Chief Michael Ciminnelli announced the implementation of body cameras, they said the RPD's Clinton Section officers would be the first to wear the bodycams.

Rochester, NY Police Chief Michael Ciminnelli 

Interestingly, and I might add, not surprising, at least to me, according to the Rochester Police Department, none of the at least 6 Rochester Police Department's Clinton Section officers who beat a 17-year old black youth, in a case of mistaken identity, were wearing bodycams.

(NOTE: Just 5 days before this beating, I wrote about the Rochester, NY Police bodycam program. Check out my piece "Breaking Down The Rochester, NY Police Department's Body Cam Sham by clicking link below)

On August 7, 2016, between 10:30 and 11:15 p.m., after Rochester's Puerto Rican Festival ended, Ricky Bryant was stopped by several Rochester, NY Police officers, who thought he was someone else.

According to Bryant's family, the 17-year old was tasered, kicked, pepper sprayed, and shot with a pepper ball gun.

A witness said that after realizing Bryant was not the person they were allegedly looking for, "a black man running around with a gun", Bryant was released without any charges.

According to a family attorney, Bryant suffered an orbital fracture as well as multiple bruises and contusions from the police beating.

Rochester clergy members are calling on the Monroe County, NY District Attorney's office to investigate the beating and bring charges against the Rochester Police officers involved.

Photos below show where Ricky Bryant suffered orbital fracture in besting by Rochester, NY cops.



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