ROCHESTER, NY – A Rochester Police Department investigator was placed on administrative duty as part of an internal review in connection with an arrest over the weekend, the acting chief’s office said on Monday. Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan in a statement.
The move comes after a video posted on social media showed that a man was allegedly kicked and punched by police officers during a confrontation with police.
In a press release, RPD gave his account of how events unfolded. They say a man wanted on multiple felony charges was spotted on Remington Street in the city of Rochester around 7:30 p.m. Saturday. After officers contacted him, police said a fight ensued and he was taken into custody. Authorities later identified the man as Jarvis Lewis, 31. Police said Lewis was in possession of a handgun while actively fighting with officers. According to court documents, an illegal loaded 9-millimeter handgun was recovered during the arrest.
Lewis has been charged with Second Degree Assault, Second and Third Degree Criminal Possession of a Weapon, Third Degree Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and Resisting Arrest.
Another man, Travis Lewis, 32, arrived at the scene during the arrest. A confrontation with officers would have developed. He was charged with resisting arrest and obstructing government administration in the second degree.
During Jarvis Lewis’s initial arrest, according to police, one of the officers was injured and taken to hospital, where he was treated and released. In addition, two other agents were treated for exposure. The two arrested people are currently in the Monroe County Jail.
On Monday, Jarvis Lewis was arraigned and charged with assault in an alleged shooting that took place on May 22. He is accused of arguing with a 22-year-old woman on Kohlman Street and of firing a handgun in a vehicle several times. , hitting the woman in the chest. Court documents say she was taken in a private vehicle to Strong Memorial Hospital and survived.
Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren made a statement on Saturday night’s incident. “I am deeply disturbed to see a resident being kicked while being held down,” she said. “We need to make sure that our police department always acts to protect and serve, no matter how difficult the situation or the arrest. I appreciate that Chief Herriott-Sullivan took swift action to suspend the officer. involved and further investigate what happened.
Police said body camera images would be released within 72 hours. Some of the footage remains pending, police said, as some body cameras “were lost in the incident.” The ministry said an internal review can be based on, but not limited to, the amount of force used or injuries sustained.
Additionally, the Rochester Police Locust Club issued a statement regarding encounters with police over the weekend: