ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Police say that they were transporting a suspect complaining of pain to the hospital when all of a sudden he went for the officer’s gun. 

NBC 10 reported that Jerell Nealy, 38, was arrested on weapons and drugs charges on Thursday afternoon. After the arrest, he complained of pain… so they brought him to Rochester Regional Hospital to get checked out.

But Nealy’s ulterior motive became more clear when the officers went to go adjust his handcuffs.

As the Rochester officer’s attention was directed at the cuffs, Nealy allegedly lunged at police, attempting to grab one of the officer’s guns and remove it from the holster.

Luckily, the officers, along with hospital security, were able to overtake the suspect and secure him back into his restraints. Investigators say thankfully Nealy was unsuccessful in removing the weapon from its holster.

No one was injured in the scuffle, but the suspect’s list of felony charges grew.

 

Nealy now faces charges of attempted robbery, attempted criminal possession of a weapon, attempted grand larceny, and resisting arrest.

He made his first court appearance on Friday.

Some people are saying that the decisions of city leaders and constant anti-police rhetoric from activists have contributed to a growing resistance toward members of law enforcement in the Rochester community. 

Loretta Scott sits on the city council in Rochester, New York. After the horrific attack that nearly took the life of a Rochester officer, Scott visited his bedside to show her support.

Great, right?

Not exactly. 

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Keith Williams stands accused of the brutal and nearly fatal assault on a New York police officer. (NBC 10 Screenshot/Adobe Stock)

 

As Officer Dennison Wright lay in his hospital bed, fighting for his life after the brutal attack, Scott took the opportunity to tell reporters that she didn’t take what police officers did for granted.

“It’s very difficult to see someone who, just by the fact of doing their job, was in that position,” she said.

The statements don’t seem so outrageous… until you see how Scott usually acts toward police.

In fact, the general attitude of city leaders and the community toward police is so bad, Bob Lonsberry told WHAM radio that they could be partially to blame for the attack on Wright.

Council President Scott is pushing to pass a little something called the Police Accountability Board.

Its name makes it sound innocent enough. But it’s not what it seems.

 

This PAB group is made up of a panel of civilians called the Police Accountability Board Alliance – and if it’s passed in a referendum vote in November, it would put the power to discipline local officers into the hands of anti-police ‘activists’.

In a situation where an officer would be facing an investigation or alleged misconduct, Scott’s board of activists would get the final say about whether they were to be punished.

Not the chief of police. Not the mayor. 

A panel of individuals who routinely have argued that the cops are the enemy of the community.

Any police officer – regardless of wrongdoing – knows that complaints against cops come in all the time. Whether it’s an attempt to discredit an officer, get a handout from the city or something else, the vast number of complaints are normally unfounded. 

We checked out the PAB’s website.

“The proposed PAB would be a civilian-led oversight board,” the site reads. “The Chief of Police cannot be expected to investigate, evaluate, and discipline police officers. This is a clear conflict of interest.”

 

And how much do they want to fund the project?

Oh… just a million dollars, even though the city is reportedly facing a $30 million budget deficit. 

Their plan consists of five ‘pillars’.

  • An independent agency of city government, separate from RPD
  • The power to independently investigate complaints of police misconduct
  • Subpoena power to compel the production of evidence and witnesses
  • Disciplinary power
  • The power to review and evaluate RPD patterns, practices, policies and procedures to recommend systemic changes and to prevent misconduct from happening in the first place.

While there’s an open application for joining the Police Accountability Board Alliance, let’s look at some examples of people in the community that could be in charge of deciding an officer’s fate.

Lonsberry said that just days before Wright was viciously attacked and left for dead, reverend and community activist Lewis Stewart appeared on the evening news, talking about the “racist culture of the police.”

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His statements condemned the Rochester department for their dealings with a 13-year-old who, at the instruction of his mother, refused to comply with officers and continued to resist and fight back, making the officers look like the bad guys when they controlled the situation. The boy was hailed as a victim and the mother’s face was shown covered in tears, demonizing the cops.

Then just days later, Keith Williams allegedly attacked Officer Wright, nearly ending his life.

Lonsberry said the display of anti-police rhetoric can’t be ignored any longer.

“When neighbors’ Facebook Live broadcasts from outside a scene bloodied with an officer’s gore contain such commentary as, “I hope they killed this mother f—er’s ass. I hope it’s a straight head shot,” you’ve got to acknowledge that there is a problem,” their story read. “And that problem is an open hatred of the police which is dressed up as civil-rights activism.”

Reports say that police in the Rochester area have recently had an increasingly difficult time with getting suspects to comply with lawful commands. News stories have shown officers being confronted by people who refuses to obey orders. 

Lonsberry said that “those people – instead of being accurately described as rude or disrespectful – are held up as heroes or victims.”

We train our officers. Shouldn’t we train our communities on how to work with the police?

If these are the people playing Monday morning quarterback and deciding our officers’ future, we’re all in trouble.

 

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