Menacing case with RPD officer going to bench trial on June 13

Catherine Bonner was arrested by police last month after her ex-boyfriend was repeatedly told by officers to break into Bonner's residence to get his possessions back. Her trial has been set for June 13. (Photo: RPD video provided for WHAM)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - The woman charged with menacing a Rochester Police officer will have her case go to trial next week.

Catherine Bonner was arrested by police last month after her ex-boyfriend was repeatedly told by officers to break into Bonner's residence to get his possessions back. Her trial has been set for June 13.

The entire 23-minute exchange was captured on RPD body cameras. The ex-boyfriend is seen breaking the front window of Bonner's home. Moments later, a gun can be seen being pointed out of the shattered window.

After Bonner was arrested, officers confiscated the gun. However, a judge later ruled that the confiscation was conducted without a search warrant, which means the gun cannot be produced as evidence. Bonner was originally charged with criminal possession of a weapon, menacing a police officer, and menacing her boyfriend.

Bonner is now only charged with menacing - but the gun cannot be used as evidence in her trial. Only the RPD body camera video will be used.

"The menacing a police officer charge requires an actual gun so I'm not sure they can sustain that charge," said defense attorney David Pilato. "I don't see anything pointed at a police officer and I know there was no intent to menace a police officer."

After video of the arrest came out, Rochester Police Chief Michael Ciminelli said the officer should not have advised the break in. He said this was against department policy. The judge overseeing the case also ruled it was against the law.

The trial will be a bench trial, meaning a judge will decide - not a jury.

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