ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — A Rochester police officer is on a paid suspension following an incident with a Monroe Ambulance employee, officials announced Monday.

According to police, the incident occurred on July 11 at Strong Memorial Hospital. It was alleged that a paramedic bumped their door against the officer’s patrol car, which led to the paramedic being detained while they were tending to a patient.

On Thursday, Rochester police chief David Smith was notified of the incident and said he immediately directed an internal investigation.

RPD will continue to “release written updates when appropriate,” Chief Smith said in a statement.

Chief Smith issued the following statement regarding the incident Friday morning:

“I have high expectations for all members of the Rochester Police Department. Obviously, this incident is deeply concerning to me. As a result of this interaction at Strong Hospital, I have directed our Professional Standards Section to initiate an internal investigation. The member involved has been re-assigned to administrative duties, pending the results of this investigation. As Chief, I demand the members of the Rochester Police Department perform their duties in a professional manner. And as such, we must hold ourselves to a high standard of accountability.”

Monroe Ambulance confirmed the employee sought medical attention for minor injuries after the incident. It addressed the incident in a statement:

“At Monroe Ambulance, the safety of our crew and our patients are of the upmost importance. While this incident is still under internal investigation, our review of the video footage of the event shows the safety of both our employee and that of her patient were jeopardized by the action of the officer. Our employee showed sound decision-making by prioritizing the care of her patient and it is the expectation of all our care providers to do the same. Furthermore, we do not believe the behavior of the officer aligns with the values of RPD leadership and should in no way condemn the rest of the brave brothers and sisters in blue. We are eager to learn of the outcome of RPD`s official investigation.”

Mike Johnson, a community activist and the director of Save Rochester, said that his organization got into contact with the victim and they are assisting her with possible legal action she could take.

“He just simply went too far. It was militarized, it was thuggish how he approached the victim. Save Rochester has been in contact with the victim,” said Johnson.

Many community activists also spoke out against the police department’s decision, saying they are fearful about whether or not the punished officer could do something similar to this in the future.

“He should not be receiving pay, because I’m worried what kind of other acts has he committed like this,” said activist Antonia Wynter. “And what will he commit in the future to someone who’s just a regular person like myself? 

Mayor Malik Evans, in a statement, said he looks forward to the outcome of this investigation.

“The video of a Rochester Police Investigator arresting an ambulance technician at the University of Rochester Medical Center clearly does not represent the standards of professional and ethical conduct that I expect of any City of Rochester employee,” Mayor Evans said.

Full Statement from Mayor Evans

The video of a Rochester Police Investigator arresting an ambulance technician at the University of Rochester Medical Center clearly does not represent the standards of professional and ethical conduct that I expect of any City of Rochester employee, especially a police officer. Rochester Police Chief David Smith initiated an internal investigation of the incident as soon as it came to his attention and assigned the Investigator to a position that removes him from direct interaction with the public. I look forward to learning the outcome of this investigation and as Mayor I will ensure it is conducted in a manner that is as transparent as possible under the laws of New York State.The video of a Rochester Police Investigator arresting an ambulance technician at the University of Rochester Medical Center clearly does not represent the standards of professional and ethical conduct that I expect of any City of Rochester employee, especially a police officer. Rochester Police Chief David Smith initiated an internal investigation of the incident as soon as it came to his attention and assigned the Investigator to a position that removes him from direct interaction with the public. I look forward to learning the outcome of this investigation and as Mayor I will ensure it is conducted in a manner that is as transparent as possible under the laws of New York State.


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