Two RPD officers suspended after video shows man riding motorbike taken down
Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - Two Rochester Police officers have been suspended pending an investigation into an incident caught on video Sunday night.
13WHAM News obtained a video that shows a person riding a motorbike and pulling into the driveway of a house on Northampton Street around 9:20 p.m.
In the video, officers can be seen pulling the person off of the motorbike and throwing them forcefully to the ground.
Rochester Police said Thursday they conducted a preliminary review of the incident depicted in the video.
Based on that review, two officers have been suspended pending the results of that investigation. The officers were not named by the Rochester Police Department.
"In this particular case, the video does raise some concerns," Rochester Police Chief Michael Ciminelli said in a news conference Thursday afternoon. "And based on the available documentation and information we have, we couldn’t answer those concerns."
The matter has been referred to the department's Professional Standards Section for a full investigation.
Court paperwork shows 25-year-old A.C. Garries of Pittsford was given a ticket for an unlicensed operator traffic infraction.
Garries said he came to a stop on his front lawn when it happened.
"They didn't tell me to pull over, didn't throw the red and whites on, none of that," Garries said. "I got snatched off my bike, that's when one of the officers started to stand on me, stomping on me, kicking me."
Garries says he sustained a shoulder injury and is considering a lawsuit.
"That job of being an officer is not for them," Garries said.
13WHAM contacted Mike Mazzeo, president of the Rochester Police Union. In a statement, he said the following:
"The chief needs to run this department with leadership and not run away from leading his officers when any piece of video or media scrutiny surfaces. The facts of this case will come out and completely exonerate these officers - except we expect the department will charge them with some sort of procedural violation to justify the investigation and suspension."
The officer listed on the ticket is Officer Patrick Giancursio. Giancursio has previously been placed on administrative duties for shooting a man on Dove Street last April. According to police, that man led officers on a vehicle chase, got out of his vehicle and pointed a gun at officers.
Ofc. Giancursio has been with the department since July 2012.