RPD: November use of force incident was "not consistent" with policy or training

(ABC 6 News) – The Rochester Police Department has revealed additional details on a use of force incident in November, 2021.

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The department said in a statement Friday morning that the use of force applied by the officer "was not consistent with Department policy, training, expectations and/or values. We initiated an internal review of the events and have determined that a suspension was appropriate. The officer has completed the suspension and is undergoing additional training."

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Chief Jim Franklin said, “As a department, we aim to demonstrate our core values of respect, service, compassion, integrity and innovation. In this case, the officer’s actions fell short. We’re sharing this with you in alignment with the Department’s commitment and dedication to continuous improvement and to show transparency.”

In a statement to ABC 6 News, a spokesperson for the RPD said "Since joining the department in 2006, the officer involved has received a lifesaving award, a commendation award, a letter of recognition and has approximately a dozen messages of appreciation in his personnel file."

As previously reported, police said at approximately 4:00 pm, on November 13, an RPD officer was at St. Marys attempting to transport an individual when "the individual became agitated and resisted handcuffing and transport".

Attempts at de-escalation were not successful.

Officer Craig Sammon went to assist the officer who was attempting to handcuff the individual. Officer Sammon used physical force. There were no weapons involved.