The city court judge presiding over the case involving three Edison Tech basketball players dropped the charges held against them on Wednesday.
The teens were arrested the day before Thanksgiving, and charged with disorderly conduct, while waiting for a bus to pick them up and take them to a game.
One of the teen’s attorneys, Peter Pullano, a partner at Tully Rinckey, says he’s relieved by the dismissal.
“It’s regretful that it ever happened,” Pullano says. “These young men should have never been arrested. They didn’t do anything wrong. They were just standing on the side walk, and that part I don’t think gets erased so easily.”
Rochester Police James Sheppard says he understands the situation differently.
“My information comes from the documentation that the officer provided. What I am aware of, which is different than what has been put out there publicly, is the fact that where they were directed to catch their bus was at the corner of Main and St Paul [Streets], which is about 100 yards way from where they are actually standing in front of this business.”
Pullano says he would like for the officer to apologize to the boys. Sheppard says enforcement against loitering is one of the duties officers have in order to ensure businesses can thrive.
“In this instance, kids were asked to move on and they chose not to and the officer chose to make an arrest.”
The dismissal of the charges clears the three teens from having a criminal record. Their file is sealed.