Orleans law enforcement has helped with crowd control at demonstrations in Rochester

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 6 June 2020 at 11:35 am

The Orleans County Sheriff’s Office and Albion Police Department have sent officers and deputies to Rochester to assist with crowd control, Chris Bourke, the Orleans County sheriff, said in a conference call this morning with local elected officials.

Jeff Gifaldi, the chief deputy, was among three from the Sheriff’s Office in Rochester from noon to midnight on Friday.

Gifaldi said the demonstration was overwhelmingly peaceful.

“Going forward they are going to keep asking for our help,” Gifaldi told the elected officials this morning. “Hopefully everything can stay peaceful.”

The Sheriff’s Office will be back in Rochester today and Sunday to assist the Rochester Police Department and Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

The multi-jurisdictional Orleans County SWAT also will be in Batavia on Sunday morning for a Black Lives Matter demonstration that begins at 8 a.m. at City Centre and then proceeds with a walk to the Batavia Police Station at 11 a.m.

The Albion Police Department also had its K9 unit in Niagara Falls when there was a Black Lives Matters demonstration.

There were about a dozen demonstrators in Medina on Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. near Rotary Park at the intersection of Main and Center streets. Mayor Mike Sidari said the young adults were peaceful.

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