New York Judge tosses all charges against criminal who pulled gun, attacked officers

Law Enforcement Today | 1/19/2020 | Pat Droney
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ROCHESTER, NY- There was a time not so long ago when the word of police backed up by a sworn affidavit and presentation of evidence was enough for a court of law to be able to find either guilt or innocence of criminals. That does not to be the case anymore.

Here is the background to the case. In July to police officers in Rochester, NY approached a group of people in an area known for drug activity.

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As they approached the group, one Treiquan Hawkins pulled a gun on them. The officers fought with Hawkins before they were able to take him into custody.

At the time of the incident, the chief of the Rochester PD, La’Ron Singletary said that the officers had been in a “fight for their lives.”

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The chief also praised the neighbors who alerted police and said that he believes community involvement is critical to stopping crime.

“We can’t do it alone,” he said. “We need the help of the entire community to do that, and that’s exactly what happened last night. Residents stepped up to the plate, officers addressed a quality-of-life situation in that neighborhood that, quite frankly, residents were tired of.”

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“It was driven by neighborhood complaint, and that’s what I have been asking residents to do in this city, and they stepped up,” he said.

Their actions were also praised by Rochester mayor Lovely Warren.

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“This incident demonstrates why the men and women of the Rochester Police Department are so deserving of our respect and admiration,” she said. “It perfectly illustrates a single thought that every officer and their families carry with them at all times: that there is no such thing as a routine call for service: that at any moment our officers can be engaged in a fight for their own lives and those they are sworn...
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