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