We were invited to a special Townhall meeting this evening on news eight to discuss recent events across the nation and was in Rochester. we were invited to a special Townhall meeting this evening on News 8 to discuss recent events across the nation and was in Rochester.
DJ Reign was present to represent WDKX and she was joined by other guests such as Danielle Ponder, from the public defender’s office, Ken Morris, Jr., the great, great, great grandson of Frederick Douglass and head of the Frederick Douglass Family Initiative, Locust Club President Mike Mazzeo, Pastor Marlowe Washington and Dr. Cephas Archie, Chief Equity Officer for the City of Rochester.
You can watch the full video above.
We were asked to join this meeting after a peaceful Black Lives Matter rally over the weekend turned violent hours later. Cars were lit on fire, police cars vandalized, crowds were tear gassed and hit with rubber bullets. Crowds ransacked the city Saturday evening looting and destroying public and private property.
Thankfully, no lives were lost however 5 suffered non life threatening injuries and 13 were arrested. According to News 8, “late Sunday night police officials released the photos of 11 people wanted in connection to the violent protest.”
In anticipation of any further violence Gov. Andrew Cuomo authorized an additional 200 New York State Police troopers to help patrol the region and the National Guard is on stand by.
Another rally did occur this evening in front of the Hall of justice and ended peacefully around 5 PM.