Rochester police arrest 74 at Black Lives Matter protest

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Police arrested 74 people at a Black Lives Matter demonstration in Rochester, New York, on Friday amid nationwide protests against police shootings of black citizens.

The Rochester demonstration was one of many held in the wake of deadly police shootings in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and suburban St. Paul, Minnesota, and came after the sniper attack that killed five police officers in Dallas.

Officials said they had made attempts to communicate with organizers and thought the protest was ending before the arrests were made.

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As someone with law enforcement in my family, I am just shaking. That does not equal this. Senseless. Horrific. Heartbreaking.
These Dallas shootings are horrific. Killing these officers is morally reprehensible and completely counterproductive to keeping us safe.
In London I have to wake up to this. He was black. Shot 4 times? When will something be done- no REALLY be done?!?!
Just heard about shootings in #Dallas Please everyone stop killing each other- no more guns. No more violence. No more murder. Horrible.
Violence will NEVER bring peace! Killing innocent officers won't bring peace. Riots won't bring peace-We must embrace mercy & love. #dallas
We are all hurting tonight. More violence is not the answer. #StoptheViolence
My heart hurts. Too much death. Too much hate. Hug your loved ones tight. Tell them that in the darkest times, we MUST love even harder.
Dallas,we mourn those who lost their lives protecting us and stand together, united, to cherish those we live and work next to #DallasStrong
praying for the families of the officers killed tonight in dallas. praying we stop trying to end hate with hate. only love can do that 🙏🏼
This barbaric behavior under the guise of law is despicable, inhumane and heartbreaking. Justice for #AltonSterling
Another day...another hashtag...
How many more times must this happen for us to matter? How many more must we lose? BLACK. LIVES. MATTER. #AltonSterling
1) In the interest of time, would ye noble patriots please provide a list of infractions punishable by spontaneous public execution? Thanks!
2) Upon receipt of this list, we'll return to our quarters and study up, eager to enjoy freedoms of white mass murders. #LIFEHACK
3) You chumps will NEVER provide this list... We see through you.
Thoughts And Prayers for Brent Thompson's family and the other 4 officers we lost and those injured! All lives matter #Dallas
Love to Louisiana #AltonSterling
I can't wake up to another innocent black man gone. Police reform NOW. Please @potus. #blacklivesmatter #howmanymore #PhilandoCastille
These last months have brought so much sadness. From Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Orlando shooting, Dallas, to terrorist attacks of late Bangladesh, Istanbul, Baghdad, Somalia. Everyday there is violence like this reported and not reported. It becomes overwhelming that there could be such hatred and senseless killing. When I can't make sense of things I just start to write. I don't usually share my writing but I felt a desire to put this out there. Peace ✌️
My heart and prayers go out to his family #AltonSterling
To everyone threatening to unfollow me because I said #blacklivesmatter, PEACE. And also, #blacklivesmatter.
I can count 5 parents in the last 3 hours who have text me and said my child just asked me "AM I GOING TO DIE"?!?
What will my brown son's future be? What will your brown son's future be? The uncertainty is real. I beg you not to be a bystander in this life, but to go out and find ways to make peaceful change. Our boys need us so rather than launching into deep sentiment here on this platform, I promise to find ways to get involved and help. Please do the same. You can start by reaching out to your local politicians, legislators & government officials NOW. Let us be heard. God bless all the victims and families of these senseless CRIMES.
The unending heartbreak on the news is just beyond devastating & infuriating. I'm at a total loss. #AltonSterling #PhilandoCastile #Dallas
Brent Thompson. 4 more officers dead, names still unreleased. More wounded. Heartsick for Dallas this morning.
My heart hurts. God help us.
Sick, misguided mfs all around!
i have nothing left to say. i don't know how many more innocent people have to be killed before we recognize there's a problem. #dallas
There is tragedy. We answer it with tragedy. We demand justice. We seek vengeance. We hang our heads in sorrow. Sad week in the US of A
Stay safe, Dallas. 🙏🏼
My heart is with the families of the officers who lost their lives tonight and those who were shot. ❤️
What is going on America?
Awful. Just fucking awful.
Now CNN reporting up to 9 police officers wounded during protests in Dallas. It feels like our country is unraveling...
Tell me I just watched a video of the alleged Dallas suspect in a camp shirt STANDING on the street while shots were fired....
my heart hurts #AltonSterling R.I.P.💔
Don't even know what to say anymore. What is happening
Very upset reading about #AltonSterling this morning. when will this end????
Just watched police officers kill #AltonSterling in cold blood. My heart hurts. I am sick. My black son lays sleeping -his future? #Jesus
watching that video made my head and heart hurt. wake up, world #AltonSterling
So much Brutality in the world. We don't have all the info but looks like a cold blooded killing. UNACCEPTABLE!!!!

"We actually started demobilizing officers and ... arranging for some officers to be in the area just to keep an eye on things," Rochester Police Chief Michael Ciminelli said at a press briefing early Saturday.

Officers donned riot gear "later on" and at one point the crowd began to surround them and rocks were thrown, he said.

"At this point ... there were 74 arrests for disorderly conduct. There were also two charges for resisting arrest," he said. The crowd numbered more than 400 people, he said.

At the same briefing, Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said the situation had "escalated a little bit" but police did not have to use use any pepper spray, batons or "deploy any weapons, any tasers."

Two journalists were also mistakenly arrested.

"I apologize for that. They were there trying to do their job to cover this event," Ciminelli added. Warren also apologized to the journalists.

Nobody was injured during the night, Ciminelli said without going into very much detail about the circumstances around the detentions.

The "74 arrests made it's difficult for us to break down each individual one," he added.

In spite of the number of detentions, Ciminelli said the department "didn't blindly make arrests."

Earlier, Ciminelli said he would have preferred not to have the rally in the city on Friday, a day after the Dallas massacre. However, he said, if people wanted to gather and voice their concerns, "we will protect them in doing so."

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