Rochester, N.Y. declares state of emergency due to gun violence

ROCHESTER, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 03: Lovely A. Warren, mayor of Rochester, speaks during a press conference on the death of Daniel Prude on September 03, 2020 in Rochester, New York. Daniel Prude died after being arrested on March 23, by Rochester police officers who had placed a "spit hood" over his head and pinned him to the ground while restraining him. Mayor Warren announced today the suspension of seven officers involved in the arrest. (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

ROCHESTER, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 03: Lovely A. Warren, mayor of Rochester, speaks during a press conference on the death of Daniel Prude on September 03, 2020 in Rochester, New York. (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

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The mayor of Rochester, New York declared a state of emergency due to the ongoing gun violence throughout the city.

Mayor Lovely Warren made the emergency declaration on Friday, citing “unprecedented levels of gun violence” in Rochester and later vowing to address the issue in a “holistic” manner. The move comes after three more homicides occurred on Thursday, marking the 71st homicide this year to date.

The declaration will bring additional resources to the city’s police department to help identify and arrest perpetrators of gun violence.

“The idea is to hold people accountable for their actions without casting a wide net,” said Interim Rochester Police Chief David Smith. “This is not a zero-tolerance measure, but an expansion of our surgical efforts to identify and arrest known violent offenders in our community.”

City officials have asked residents to get involved and report any illegal activity in their communities while the city grapples with the surging violence throughout the region.

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