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Additional Video Surfaces Of Confrontation Between Officer And Woman

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Rochester Police are reviewing an incident involving the arrest of a sister and brother and the video of which is circulating on the internet. Now another piece of video has surfaced showing more of the confrontation between Brenda Hardaway and Officer Lucas Krull.

When police were called to Seyle Terrace for the report of a fight Tuesday evening, a neighbor shot video of officers attempting to arrest Rome Hardaway, 16.

His sister Brenda then intervened. Police claim she pulled pepper spray on the officers.

As Officer Lucas Krull tried to arrest Brenda, who said she is pregnant, the struggle became physical. It was all caught on video and posted on the internet.

YNN received an additional 12 seconds of video that was not included in the original online video, where Brenda Hardaway allegedly tries to strike the officer.

"I was a little bit surprised that there was additional footage that wasn't necessarily put out there. In terms of what we're going to do is look at the totality of the circumstances, not just what's on tape or what's been deleted, but just look at the whole scenario then take all that information and make a conclusion based on our investigation," said Chief James Sheppard of the Rochester Police Department.

The United Christian Leadership Ministry says it's prepared to file a lawsuit against the City of Rochester and the Rochester Police Department, claiming Brenda Hardaway was physically assaulted by police.

"We have an attorney that's representing us, this is going farther. It's going all the way to the court system and we're looking for justice. We hope we find it but it's going higher, it's going to the courts and we're going to fight this," said Bishop Jerry McCullough, Faith Temple Apostolic Church.

Clergy members say police disrespecting African-Americans has been going on for years in the Rochester community and they're calling for a dialogue with the chief and mayor.

Mayor Tom Richards says he's open to the idea and Sheppard says he already met with some of those ministers early Thursday afternoon.

"Hopefully I'll be able to meet with some of the others a little bit later and hopefully we can come to some understanding at least in terms of getting to the bottom of it," Sheppard said.

The Rochester chapter of the NAACP says it has concerns that the Rochester Police Department is out of hand and Sheppard has failed to control his officers.

"I would like that we meet with the mayor to go over as far as removing Chief Sheppard. If Chief Sheppard cannot control his officers, then we need to put somebody there who could," said Edward Goolsby, NAACP.

Richards says that won't happen, as Sheppard has his support.

"He runs a force of 740-some people and he does a good job at it, and I don't think anybody can say this is a gentleman who has not made himself available in the community and has worked hard on community relations," said Richards, D-Rochester.

The ministers are calling for Brenda Hardaway to be released from jail immediately and charges against her dropped. Otherwise, they are prepared to march on City Hall.

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