Protesters oppose allowing officers to serve on Rochester police accountability board

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ROCHESTER, NY (WROC) — Tuesday, protesters are gathering outside Rochester City Hall in the latest controversy over police accountability.

An amendment to the proposed law would allow law enforcement officers to be part of the police accountability board. Some religious leaders and community members are opposed to the move.

Frank Simmons, a Vietnam vet who served in the Marine Corps for ten years and comes from a family of police and military, says he has had enough.

He tells us, “I can’t understand for the life of me why they would not want a police accountability board. Every job, a person is accountable for what they do.”

Frank and Sharlene say their son, Silvon Simmons, was shot in the back multiple times by an RPD officer. Simmons was acquitted on the attempted murder charges leveled against him and his family is now suing the department because no one was held accountable, they say.

“There is police accountability that is needed in Rochester all over this nation what happened to us, it could happen to you.”

Frank says the old way of police policing themselves is clearly not working. “If I was on a police or marine accountability board, I would probably have loyalty to that marine to a minimum of trying to see it from his side.”

That is exactly why protesters are fighting against an amendment to the police accountability board proposal that would allow law-enforcement officers or former law-enforcement officers to become board members.

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