Mayor Lovely Warren has posted a lengthy Facebook post to critique the activity and behavior of some Rochester residents over the long, memorial weekend.
The Mayor wrote, “You must like what people say about our community. Calling us fools and spewing hateful rhetoric and other names. It breaks my heart to constantly hear…lock them up, throw tear gas on them, treat them like animals…put them in cages.”
The Facebook post was no doubt in response to the many social gatherings that took place over the weekend that broke social distancing rules and ended in violence. For example, a party took place near Boston Street, with nearly 300 people in attendance, and multiple fights broke out.
Deputy Mayor, James Smith, looked towards a more positive future for Rochester residents, and said: “We have been working so hard on the issue of violence in this community with so many wonderful partners who are very committed to try and end you know what we saw over this weekend.”
Chief La’Ron Singletary, of the Rochester Police Department, has also spoken out in support of the Mayor’s statement and reminded residents of Rochester that such gatherings will not be tolerated.
Only time will tell if the words of the Mayor will have an impact on the Rochester community.