25 arrested during the Puerto Rican Festival aftermath
Twenty-five people are facing charges after the Puerto Rican Festival Sunday night, according to Rochester police. The arrests happened at street parties following the festival. Hundreds of people packed the streets in the northeast part of the city. Police say throughout the evening, bottles were thrown at officers. As of early Monday morning, no injuries to any officers or civilians were reported. Police used verbal warnings, pepperballs, and an LRAD (Long Range Acoustical Device) to disperse the disorderly crowds. Officers stress that there were no issues during the actual festival.
Most of the charges are traffic related. Others are accused of disorderly conduct, harassment and obstruction. All arrested are scheduled to be arraigned Monday morning at the Hall of Justice in Rochester. Last year, police made 20 arrests in the same area after the festival.