A few days ago, we reported on a basketball team that was ordered by police to go home while waiting for a bus to Rochester, NY – an incident that ended with three of the players being arrested and the coach being threatened with arrest after all of them refused an order from a police officer to move on.
We are happy to report that all charges have been dropped.
Wan’Tauhjs Weathers, one of those arrested said,
“We tried to let him [the police officer] know… that we weren’t bad kids. We were just waiting for a bus to go to a scrimmage. It seemed like he didn’t care.”
District Attorney, Sandra Doorley said in an emailed statement that she would not prosecute the case, “After reviewing the facts associated with these arrests, I have decided to dismiss the charges in the interest of justice.”
Police Chief James Sheppard refuses to admit that the officer did anything wrong but that he respects the District Attorneys decision. He said that there may be more to the case than has come to light.
No one denies that the area around the Liberty Pole where the incident took place has been the scene of problems with large groups of young people in the past – there have been many fights and other unsavory incidents there in the past, but these young men were supervised, and they were waiting at an established bus stop.
As their coach Jason Scott said, “Not all young males downtown are fighting. Not all young males are loitering. These young men were catching a bus to a scrimmage.”
The Police Chief made a very brief statement to the local newspaper, the Democrat and Chronicle.
Jason Scott and his players had this reaction.
h/t: Democrat and Chronicle