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Petitioning Assistant to the Mayor Darryl W. Porter and 18 others
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Assistant to the Mayor
Darryl W. Porter
Commissioner Recreation and Youth Services
Luis Burgos
Interim Fire Chief
Salvatore "Sam" Mitrano
Chief of Police
James Sheppard
Director of Communications
Gary Walker
City Council Member
Carolee A. Conklin
City Council Member
Loretta C. Scott
City Council Member
Carla M. Palumbo
Entertainment Writer for the Democrat and Chronicle
Stuart Low
Reporter for The Rochester City Newspaper
Chris Fien
Features Editor for The Rochester City Newspaper
Eric Rezsnyak
Rochester City Council
Deputy Mayor
Leonard E. Redon
City Council Member
Dana K. Miller
City Council Vice President
Jacklyn Ortiz
City Council Member
Matt Haag
City Council Member
Adam McFadden
City Council Member
Elaine M. Spaull
President of City Council
Lovely A. Warren

Repeal the Points System that killed Deavoghn Hernandez-Ruffin

On June 17, 2012, fights broke out at the Bug Jar, a Rochester bar and performance venue, as two rap performers were on stage. Security emptied the bar kicking everyone outside. Moments later shots were fired.

Deavoghn Hernandez-Ruffin was shot and later died. The 21-year-old had attended the rap battle to watch his cousin perform. Family members say he loved to dance and was a good father. He worked at the Walmart on Hudson Avenue.

He had spent his first Father's Day with his daughter who spoke her first words to him, saying "da da." Hours later, the victim spoke his last words to friends after he was shot outside the Bug Jar. He told them: "tell my family I love them." His brother says he was trying to diffuse a situation, so it wouldn't get out of hand.

In Rochester there is a point system for businesses. When the police are called to a situation that business is given points for calling them to do their job. Too many points, and a business can be fined or shut down. So, the point system ACTUALLY penalizes businesses for calling the police! if a business is a victim of a crime, and is then victimized by paying a fine, it just seems a little bit unfair; as though doing the right thing in cooperating with the authorities will make matters worse.

If the Bug Jar was able to call the police without repercussions as soon as the initial fight broke out there is a good chance that the shooting would have never happened and Deavoghn Hernandez-Ruffin would be alive today.

Sign the petition asking that city council repeal the point system in Rochester that led to the death of Deavoghn Hernandez-Ruffin.


Letter to
Assistant to the Mayor Darryl W. Porter
Commissioner Recreation and Youth Services Luis Burgos
Interim Fire Chief Salvatore "Sam" Mitrano
and 16 others
Chief of Police James Sheppard
Director of Communications Gary Walker
City Council Member Carolee A. Conklin
City Council Member Loretta C. Scott
City Council Member Carla M. Palumbo
Entertainment Writer for the Democrat and Chronicle Stuart Low
Reporter for The Rochester City Newspaper Chris Fien
Features Editor for The Rochester City Newspaper Eric Rezsnyak
Rochester City Council
Deputy Mayor Leonard E. Redon
City Council Member Dana K. Miller
City Council Vice President Jacklyn Ortiz
City Council Member Matt Haag
City Council Member Adam McFadden
City Council Member Elaine M. Spaull
President of City Council Lovely A. Warren
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Rochester City Council, etc..

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Repeal the Points System that killed Deavoghn Hernandez-Ruffin

On June 17, 2012, fights broke out at the Bug Jar, a Rochester bar and performance venue, as two rap performers were on stage. Security emptied the bar kicking everyone outside. Moments later shots were fired.

Deavoghn Hernandez-Ruffin was shot and later died. The 21-year-old had attended the rap battle to watch his cousin perform. Family members say he loved to dance and was a good father. He worked at the Walmart on Hudson Avenue.

He had spent his first Father's Day with his daughter who spoke her first words to him, saying "da da." Hours later, the victim spoke his last words to friends after he was shot outside the Bug Jar. He told them: "tell my family I love them." His brother says he was trying to diffuse a situation, so it wouldn't get out of hand.

In Rochester there is a point system for businesses. When the police are called to a situation that business is given points for calling the them to do their job. Too many points, and a business can be fined or shut down. So, the point system ACTUALLY penalizes businesses for calling the police! if a business is a victim of a crime, and is then victimized by paying a fine, it just seems a little bit unfair; as though doing the right thing in cooperating with the authorities will make matters worse.

If the Bug Jar was able to call the police without repercussions as soon as the initial fight broke out there is a good chance that the shooting would have never happened and Deavoghn Hernandez-Ruffin would be alive today.

Sign the petition asking that city council repeal the point system in Rochester that led to the death of Deavoghn Hernandez-Ruffin.
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Sincerely,