ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — The Rochester Police Locust Club is suing the City of Rochester, Mayor Lovely Warren, Rochester City Council, and the Monroe County Board of Elections.
The lawsuit stems from a proposed Police Accountability Board, known legally as Local law No. 2. The Locust Club is suing to remove the referendum on the accountability board from appearing on the ballot on Election Day — November 5, 2019.
City Council passed the referendum on May 21 and Mayor Warren approved it on June 7.
The Locust Club has long been against the proposed Police Accountability Board.
The proposed board has been a hotly debated issue locally. Several different ideas for the proposal have emerged, from putting police officers on the board, to giving the board disciplinary powers, but each development has been met with pushback from one side or the other.
“There was an agenda in place to pass something that even Corporation Council says violates our collective bargaining rights and other state laws,” said Locust Club President Mike Mazzeo.
“We just see what the Locust Club is doing right now as a tactic, and it’s a tactic that is meant to prohibit a citizen-led police accountability board that would allow the citizens of Rochester to be able to disciplined police officers,” said Pastor Wanda Wilson of the Police Accountability Board Alliance.
City of Rochester officials released this statement Tuesday in regards to the lawsuit:
“The City of Rochester has no comment on this pending litigation in the interest of protecting taxpayers.”
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