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Rochester Man Going To Prison For Rioting During Rochester Civil Unrest In May 2020

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of New York

CONTACT: Barbara Burns
PHONE: (716) 843-5817
FAX #: (716) 551-3051

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Dyshika McFadden, 28, of Rochester, NY, who was convicted of civil disorder, was sentenced to serve 30 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa. McFadden was also ordered to pay $4,287 in restitution.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Cassie M. Kocher, who is handling the case, stated that on May 30, 2020, McFadden participated with others in a public protest near the Public Safety Building on Exchange Street in Rochester, which turned violent and resulted in vandalism, damaged property, looting, and fires. At approximately 5:05 p.m., McFadden and others used an aerosol can and an open flame to set fire to a marked Rochester Police Department car, while it was parked in front of the Public Safety Building. The car was completely destroyed by fire. McFadden admits that he set the fire with assistance of others

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge John B. Devito, New York Field Division; the Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Chief David Smith; the Gates Police Department, under the direction of Chief James VanBrederode; the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Todd Baxter; the New York State Police, under the direction of Major Brian Ratajczak; the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Stephen Belongia; the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office, under the direction of District Attorney Sandra Doorley; the Greater Rochester Area Narcotics Enforcement Team; the Rochester Fire Department, under the direction of Fire Chief Willie Jackson; and the United States Marshal’s Service, under the direction of United States Marshal Charles Salina.

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Updated August 17, 2022

Violent Crime