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Third Defendant Charged With Civil Disorder For Attacking Police Officers With A Laser During Violent Protests In The City Of Rochester

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 James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Kyle Bradley Davis, 32, of Rochester, NY, was arrested and charged by complaint with civil disorder for his role in violent protests in the City of Rochester. The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Brett A. Harvey, who is handling the case, stated that according to the criminal complaint, there were nights of violent protests in Rochester following the public disclosure on September 2, 2020, of Daniel Prude’s death on March 30, 2020. Those violent protests resulted in property damage and physical injury to several law enforcement officers.

On the evening of September 8, 2020, a group of approximately 400 protesters gathered in front of Rochester Police Department (RPD) headquarters, where they blocked all lanes of traffic on Exchange Boulevard between Court Street and the Interstate 490 overpass. RPD officers and NYSP Troopers staffed metal barricades, which were positioned in the driveway area of RPD headquarters. At approximately 10:00 p.m., surveillance cameras captured the defendant pointing green lasers at three uniformed RPD officers and four uniformed New York State Police Troopers, who were positioned in the area to control the crowd and prevent a breach of the barricades. The victim officers experienced a temporary loss of sight as a result of being hit with the laser, which impeded and interfered with their ability to carry out their assigned duties.

Police officers posted in the area of South Fitzhugh Street and South Plymouth Avenue observed an individual - later identified as Davis - who matched the description of the individual who had been pointing lasers at the victim officers. As officers began to approach the defendant and an officer told him to stop in order to detain him, Davis yelled loudly that he did not trust the police officer one bit and then ran south on South Fitzhugh Street. An officer gave chase and tackled the defendant in area of 218 South Fitzhugh Street. Davis pushed himself up, stood up, and attempted to pull away, but was taken into custody. After the arrest, a black laser was recovered from the defendant's front sweatshirt pocket.

As a result of the arrest, the arresting officer sustained a fractured orbital bone and a laceration under his left eye, and continues to suffer from blurry vision in his left eye. The arresting officer was taken to the hospital where he received medical treatment, including seven stitches.

“Simply put, those individuals who seek to injure law enforcement officers with dangerous devices such as lasers, explosives, projectiles, or anything else will face federal prosecution,” stated U.S. Attorney Kennedy. “While free speech is protected, a violent free-for-all aimed at law enforcement—or anyone else—is not.”

The complaint is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Stephen Belongia; the Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Chief La’Ron Singletary; the New York State Police, under the direction of Acting Major Barry Chase; Customs and Border Protection, under the direction of Director of Field Operations Rose Brophy; the Brighton Police Department, under the direction of Chief David Catholdi; the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, under the direction of under the direction of Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci; the Dansville Police Department, under the direction of Sergeant Shannon Griese; and the United States Marshal’s Service, under the direction of United States Marshal Charles Salina.

The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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Updated September 11, 2020