ROCHESTER, NY – When it came to examination of accountability and Democrat policies in New York, Rochester Police Captain Frank Umbrino pulled no punches at a presser following a mass shooting in his city early Saturday night.
Umbrino first detailed the known facts about the shooting.
He recounted that the local 911 center received multiple calls reporting a shooting at approximately 12:30 am Saturday. Responding to the “dangerous and volatile” situation, officers arriving when the shooting was “just ending” encountered between 100 and 200 people attempting to flee the scene.
BREAKING: 2 killed, 10 confirmed wounded in mass shooting in Rochester, New York
This is the same city fighting to defund the police and stop new precincts from being built
And the same BLM/Antifa protesters who assaulted and threatened to kill me https://t.co/3NvBBoWGPl
— ELIJAH RIOT (@ElijahSchaffer) September 19, 2020
The crime scene spanned several blocks, but the focus was at a home which had hosted an invitation-only house party. People from two other nearby parties, Umbrino reported, joined the house party in progress.
An argument ensued, and an estimated 3 or 4 people pulled handguns, ultimately firing over 40 rounds. Shootings occurred in the front of the home, the backyard of the home, and in the street.
A total of 16 people were hit by gunfire, and sadly, recent high school graduates Jaquayla Young and Jarvis Alexander were both pronounced dead at the scene. The remaining 14 gunshot victims were transported to hospitals and are expected to live. Two other people were seriously injured when they were trampled.
Umbrino stated that Young and Alexander were “innocent victims” and were not believed to be intended targets.
He had nothing but praise for the actions of his officers and supporting agencies, later saying:
“You got people running away from gunfire, and you got officers running towards it. Because that’s the job that we do.”
The police captain then took on the push for gun laws in no uncertain terms.
“What I can tell you is I’m not surprised by the violence that’s been taking place.
“You know, and I’m going to get in trouble, probably, for this, but if I hear one more politician talk about, you know, what we need to do to stop the violence, we need more gun laws, we need this, we need that, quite frankly, I’m going to vomit.
“These people that say that have no idea what they are talking about.”
Well done @RPD_MCU Captain Frank Umbrino. There were at least two people fist pumping as you called it perfectly. Courage standing up for those who can't — true measure of a man. And thank you for spelling it out for pandering politicians. @CristinaTVNewshttps://t.co/avNhuQxa5y
— Hank Kula (@Hkula1191) September 20, 2020
Captain Umbrino went on to point the finger at swift release of suspects arrested for gun law violations, saying:
“We have a lot of gun laws currently on the books that we do not enforce. I shouldn’t say we don’t enforce. We enforce them, but you have individuals getting locked up for illegal handguns and being released from custody the next day. That’s disgusting.”
“So if anybody is surprised there’s been an uptick in violence since we don’t enforce the current gun laws that we have, [shrugs], I don’t know what to tell you. But those are the facts.
“These politicians that want to say we need more gun laws, we need this, we need that, do me a favor, just stop talking, because you really don’t know what you are talking about.”
Umbrino went on to say that the local residents “don’t believe” what the politicians say about needing more gun laws, and he instead called for “accountability.” He pointed out that an individual with an illegal handgun probably would not care about getting caught if they knew they would be released from jail the following day.
He added that in his 30 year experience, having worked hundreds of homicide investigations in Rochester, he could not recall a single unjustified homicide that involved a legally registered handgun.
In addition, Umbrino spoke on the adverse effects that Democrat-driven bail reform has had on his community.
“Bail reform, in my opinion as a 30 year veteran in law enforcement and working in the city of Rochester for the last 30 years, bail reform has a significant impact on the amount of crime and the uptick in crime that’s been occurring in our community and throughout New York State.”
Umbrino went on to say:
“Look at the numbers. They sent the numbers out not long ago. I don’t hear a lot about it in the media, but the numbers are terrible.
“And anybody that says that bail reform is not part of the blame in that, [shrugs], again, you’re fooling yourself. And please stop telling us that.”
Continuing with the theme of accountability, Umbrino also spoke of how parents and community leaders were responsible for holding young people accountable for their actions.
“[We] need to be the adults in the room and, you know, we need to raise our children and teach them how to do things right, and we need to, you know, instill in them good moral fabric….
“So if kids these days don’t have any consequences, we’re doing them a disservice, because we’re not teaching them. We’re not bringing them up the way they need to be brought up, and the way that most of us here got brought up.”
Umbrino then appeared to refer to the recent appearance of protestors in Rochester when he said he had been talking to a lot of residents in the last three weeks who are “suffering because other people… are pretending to know how to solve problems.”
Protests, some violent, have been occurring in Rochester recently after the release of body camera footage regarding the death of Daniel Prude, who died after interacting with police in March of this year.
Umbrino was asked if he was referring specifically to protestors, and said he “was not going to get into everything” and was “referring about life in general.”
He went on to say:
“I can’t quote what they’re saying, but they are telling these people to get the hell out of their city and to let us take care of our problems the way we need to take care of them.”
Umbrino then called for an end to the presser, saying:
“That’s what they said, and at that point I think we’re going to end it, because I’m going to say something I’m going to get in trouble for if I haven’t already.”
"It's heart wrenching when you have innocent people getting killed. I just hope, a month from now, everybody remembers their names," said Capt. Frank Umbrino. https://t.co/UzPy2ouO8z
— Spectrum News ROC (@SPECNewsROC) September 20, 2020
He concluded by saying how “heart-wrenching” it was for innocent lives to be taken, and added:
“I just hope, a month from now, everybody remembers their names.”
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