ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Officers of the Rochester Police Department reported to a scene of more than 1,000 people that had “taken over” North Clinton Avenue with dirt bikes, cars and loud music Sunday.
According to RPD officials, there were approximately 1500 people and over 500 vehicles that gathered on North Clinton Avenue between Upper Falls Boulevard and Clifford Avenue around 7:30 p.m.
Given the limited amount of officers compared to the amount of people at the scene, it took a few hours to disperse the crowd. Rochester Police say everyone exited the area safely and no arrests were made.
In order to control the scene, deputies have temporarily closed North Clinton between Upper Falls and Clifford Avenue.
The City of Rochester’s communications director, Justin Roj, released the following statement about the incident Monday afternoon:
“Last evening, according to the Rochester Police Department, a large gathering including numerous vehicles occurred on North Clinton Avenue. RPD had no prior intelligence or information regarding this event and discovered it after it was underway.
The officers on-scene managed the situation effectively and acted to deescalate the events occurring in order to minimize the risk of confrontation and potential injury to everyone present.
Mayor Warren is grateful to the officers who responded last night for ensuring that the gathering ended peacefully and without further incident.”City Communications Director Justin Roj