UCLM calls for investigation into RPD after video reveals ‘savage and ruthless treatment’ of mother

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — The United Christian Leadership Ministry will hold a press conference, to address the body-worn camera footage that shows what they called a “savage and ruthless treatment” of a women by the Rochester Police Department.

The officer involved is accused of tackling and pepper spraying a woman while her 3-year-old child was nearby. That officer has since been put on administrative leave pending an investigation.

“Decade after decade many Black Rochestarians have been harassed and arrested without cause — that is a just cause — by the RPD,” Rev. Dr. Dwight Fowler said.

“We call for an investigation of white supremacists in the RPD, creation of a Community Public Safety Patrol, the termination of the officer involved and an apology by the Manager of Rite Aid store involved,” a release reads.

The Rochester Police Accountability Board held a press conference Friday to discuss body-worn camera footage that showed the incident. Some of that body worn camera footage has since been released, and police say the full redacted version will be made available soon.

Check back with News 8 WROC as we update this developing story.

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