RPD union president says more to arrest than viral video shows

Locust Club President Mike Mazzeo says there is more to the story behind a viral RPD arrest video (Photo: Facebook)

Rochester, N.Y. – There’s new information about what may have lead up to the arrest of a woman caught on video in Rochester last week. The video appears to show a Rochester police officer taking a woman down from behind in front of a home on Hollenbeck Street.

Police were called to the area for drug activity.

The woman in the video is 22-year-old Lentorya Parker.

According to court paperwork, she is accused of screaming and yelling at officers as they tried to make another arrest.

“She was under arrest before from actions she took, and it's very clear that she heard the other officer tell the officer to place her under arrest,” said Locust Club President Mike Mazzeo. “She was leaving to avoid that arrest, she was already told she was under arrest.”

Mazzeo said the video started after that, and from the angle it was taken the viewer can’t see her hit the officer in the face.

“When he [the officer] attempted to detain her between what she was saying and her actions, that officer was struck,” said Mazzeo. “Nobody saw that. You can't see that from that video footage.”

And that’s an issue with the video, according to Mazzeo; it only shows one perspective.

“I think, from the start, that was our concern with body cameras, that the public as well as the officers are not educated on the camera. We haven't done that at all,” he said.

It is part of the reason he thinks police should not have been a part of a discussion with Rochester City Council publicly on Wednesday.

“I think we see a good example for accomplishing nothing last night," said Mazzeo. "I'm not sure how it could have been successful. There are too many questions and, unfortunately, the chief is in a position where he couldn't put out a lot of information so we're doing a disservice to this problem.”

Four other people were arrest during the incident, along with Parker.

Parker is charged with obstructing governmental administration in the second degree, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, harassment in the second degree and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Quentin Bowen, 25, is charged with resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration in the second degree and disorderly conduct.

Clarence Thompson Jr., 41, is charged with obstructing governmental administration in the second degree and disorderly conduct.

Tyshawn Young, 24, is charged with criminal possession of marijuana in the fifth degree and littering.

Mya Linn Figueroa, 17, is charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration in the second degree .

Rochester police tell 13WHAM they have three hours of video of this incident and they plan on releasing it.

The video and 40 pages of documents are all currently part of an internal investigation.

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