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Charges Dropped Against Edison Tech Students

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The Edison Tech basketball players, who were arrested while waiting for their school bus, say they are relieved the district attorney dropped the charges Tuesday. YNN's Sheba Clarke spoke with the players and their coach before their home game tonight.

This is a story people have really been fired up about.

The players and their coach had a lot to deal with before tonight's game.

But they say they are happy that the one thing they don't have to deal with are the charges that are listed in these police reports.

The national spotlight is on the Edison Tech Basketball Team and it's not for what they do on this court but for what happened here.

"I didn't really think it was supposed to go this far, I thought he should have just said all right kids, I'm gonna give yall a warning," said Daequon Carelock, Jr.

Daequon Carelock and his two teammates Raliek Redd and Wan'tauhjs Weathers say they were waiting on a school bus in front of this store at North Clinton Avenue and East Main Street.

A Rochester Police Officer says they were in a large group of people hanging out there, making it inconvenient for customers.

Raliek Redd said, "We were standing there at first and the cop told us to move, and we said all right and then we was walking and then he just came up behind us and arrested us. He said put your hands behind your back."

According to the Police Report the officer told the teens to move but they didn't.

So he arrested them and charged them with disorderly conduct and refusing to comply.

Wan'tauhjs Weathers said, "We never once got rude with him. We simply did what he asked."

Varsity Basetball Coach Jacob Scott says he was also on the scene. He says the boys were planning to catch the bus for a basketball scrimmage.

Scott said, "They were handcuffed and put in the back of a police car, that's traumatic.
And then for their teammates to witness their teammates getting arrested for reasons I can't explain."

The Rochester Police Department has come under fire over the arrests.

Sheppard said, "The officers did documentation that warranted a violation of law relative to disorderly conduct. They affected those arrests, some people are unhappy about those arrests well that shouldn't determine how we make an arrest."

Tuesday District Attorney Sandra Doorley says she decided to dismiss the charges in the interest of justice.

Jacob added, "This is definitely a teaching moment for my young men and the team and hopefully others to see but we need to continue on with this conversation."

Mayor Elect Lovely Warren says this conversation starts with the appointment of a new Police Chief. She says interviews are already being conducted and she will be announcing a new chief in a week or two.

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