Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard says citizens need to work with police to put an end to the streak of violence plaguing Rochester the past few days. Speaking after a weekend of violence near the Lilac Festival that led to 20 arrests, Sheppard is calling on the community to step up and help.
As for the spate of recent violence, Chief Sheppard says he strongly believes that there is nothing that happens in this city that somebody doesn't know about prior to, during, or after it happens. And he's calling for the community to step up.
He says the department will be using pro-active policing in response to the recent violence. Sheppard adds police are prepared to respond to any incidents over the Memorial Day weekend, and during the busy summer festival season.