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Aug 30th 2013 7:44 am
RPD Video Aftermath

Rochester, N.Y. -- At the Faith Temple Apostolic Church, Bishop Jerry McCullough met with dozens of other church leaders Thursday.

"This has been happening in Rochester for quite a while and we're appalled," McCullough said, "We're here to do something about it.�

After the video of 21-year-old Brenda Hardaway being hit during her arrest went viral, McCullough said he's ready to take on the city and its police department.

"We're here," McCullough said, "We got lawyers, we got money, we're hiring people to help us."

According to police, Hardaway was interfering with the arrest of her 16-year-old brother. The video shows an officer, hit the woman in the head.

"All she had to do was put her hands behind her back and be handcuffed," said President of the Police Union, Mike Mazzeo.

"The protocol is to use the amount of force necessary to make the arrest," Mazzeo said given the situation, the officers acted appropriately.

"The protocol is to use the amount of force necessary to make the arrest," Mazzeo said given the situation, the officers acted appropriately.

Mazzeo said an officer used light force to distract and subdue Hardaway so officers could defuse the situation.

"Every second that a confrontation continues there is a chance that it's going to escalate or other people are going to be involved in it," Mazzeo said, "That's a very dangerous situation."

Hardaway was charged with resisting arrest and assault and as of Thursday afternoon, she was still in jail. Family members said Hardaway is five months pregnant and dealing with complications.

With plans to sue the Rochester Police Department, McCullough said church leaders have hired a lawyer but right now, they just want to see Hardaway released.

"Mr. Mayor, we're coming to your doorstep," McCullough said if the woman is not free on all charges, he will lead his congregation to the streets in protest. "We got the power to do it," the bishop said, "You�re not just looking at a few clergy up here: you're looking at our congregations."

All of the clergymen agreed to support the peaceful protest. �There are thousands of us, we're going to shut the town down," McCullough said, "Release her or they're going to see something they've never seen before."

Source:Wham13