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WDKX.com » Blog » Police Chief and Mayor Comment On Lilac Festival Arrests
May 21st 2013 5:30 am
Police Chief and Mayor Comment On Lilac Festival Arrests

The Rochester Police Department arrested 20 people in and around Highland Park Saturday evening. Police say it happened after two groups started fighting.
Chief James Sheppard says police were prepared for the large crowds and any potential issues at the festival.

Officers tried to disperse the youths involved in the fight, but in the process, two of them shoved two police officers.

Another officer saw a man with a long gun. He fled the scene. Officers found the weapon nearby.

The 20 people face charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

"Bringing weapons to an event such as that, a lot of innocent people walking around enjoying the festivities, is totally unacceptable. Again, I say the Rochester community has to stand up," Sheppard said.

In terms of what actually occurred at the Lilac Festival, they have no reason not to feel safe. For any venue that we're going to have in the city - Jazz Festival, Lilac Festival, Corn Hill Festival, Puerto Rican Festival - we're going to do what we have to do to make people feel safe and feel comfortable coming to the city of Rochester."

"We do plan for these events. One of the reasons we were able to contain it at Highland Park is we had a significant police presence there that we wouldn't ordinarily have and we're going to do that all summer long," said Mayor Tom Richards, D.

Sheppard said the RPD is prepared for the upcoming holiday weekend and all the public events planned throughout the city.

Source: YNN