Several people in the Brockport area are spreading false rumors about an incident about a month ago in Brockport, when about 1000 drunken college students clogged Clinton Street and Main Street. The Brockport Police did a great job that night, but some people won’t give credit where credit is due. It is time to set the story straight.
The incident was caused by rowdy college students, but for some inexplicable reason some people are trying to blame the police. These are the official descriptions of what happened; this is the information that will be read into the court record when those arrested go to trial for their crimes. If anyone tries to tell you something different, tell them to take a walk up Route 19 and jump in the lake.
Here’s what actually happened in downtown Brockport in the wee hours of the morning on September 21, 2014.
Before the sun came up on the morning of September 21, 2014, Officer Lucas VanDervort of the Brockport Police Department completed the following incident report (#914-14689) describing what happened in downtown Brockport between the hours of 1:00 AM and 4:00 AM on the morning on September 21, 2014.
R/O (Responding Officer) along with 960 (Chief Varrenti), 975 (Ofc. Dawson), 976 (Ofc. Brady), 978 (Ofc. Sime) and multiple Deputies and Officers from MCSO (Monroe County Sheriff’s Office), SUNY Brockport Police Department, Ogden Police Department, Gates Police Department, Greece Police Department, Brighton Police Department, Webster Police Department, Irondequoit Police Department, and Fairport Police Department responded to the above address (Main Street/Clinton Street, Brockport) for a large crowd that had gathered. The crowd of primarily college student aged individuals grew to an estimated size of greater than 1000 persons. The crown congregated on the public sidewalks and in the middle of the Main St, Clinton St, Market St, and King St. Responding Officers spent approximately 3 and a half hours dispersing the crowd that was primarily non-violent. Brockport Police Officers arrested the following individuals during the course of the incident:
- Blanco-Piler, Jose O (DOB 6/24/93 for Disorderly Conduct and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana
- Bidinack, Allysa M. (DOB 7/27/92) for Disorderly Conduct
- Ashley, Dylan M. (DOB 12/3/91) for Disorderly Conduct
- Murdock, Kevin M. (DOB 10/31/93) for Disorderly Conduct
- Fisher, Scott A. (DOB 09/16/93) for Disorderly Conduct, Obstructing Government Administration, and Resisting Arrest. Fisher was arraigned in front of Hon. Judge Depfered and was remanded to the Monroe County Jail in lieu of $500 cash/$1000 Bond bail.
Other responding agencies made arrests as well and reported then to Chief Varrenti.
“Progress for a rational mind means not accepting falsehood.”
Marcus Aurelius (121-180 AD)
Meditations (VIII, 7)
The Brockport Police Department has issued the following press release describing what happened in downtown Brockport in the wee hours of the morning on September 21, 2014.
On Sunday morning (9/21/2014) at about 1230 AM Brockport police responded to Clinton Street in the village of Brockport for people in the street disrupting vehicle traffic. Police responded and had difficulty moving through the crowd of about 300 people, many of whom were drinking in the street and highly intoxicated. Police observed a large line (of people) that extended from Rocco’s bar to the middle of Clinton Street. At this time additional officers from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office responded, at which time Chief Daniel P. Varrenti ordered Rocco’s and the Merchant Street Smokehouse closed to avoid serving more alcohol to those already intoxicated. Patron left that bar and began running across Main Street, a state road that travels through the village, blocking traffic and attempting to force their way into other bars.
Chief Varrenti and command officers of the Monroe County Sheriff’s office requested additional assistance from other police agencies and closed Main Street to avoid anyone from being hit. It was at this time that a decision was made by chief Varrenti to close all bars in the village, again to reduce alcohol consumption. As people filed out of the bars they went into Main Street as police anticipated they would do. When the crowd failed to disperse additional officers responded from virtually all law enforcement agencies in Monroe County along with the NYSP (New York State Police), the Holley police Department and the SUNY Brockport police department.
At no time was this a riot, a term used by those that were present at the time, and NOT used by law enforcement personnel. According to Varrenti there was no fighting, no looting, no bottles thrown or anything close to this type of behavior. Instead Varrenti said what this was, was hundreds of mostly college students, who were drunk and failed to heed the orders of law enforcement to disburse.
Anyone who deliberately defied an order to move on was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and/or obstructing governmental administration and/or resisting arrest. All arrests were made by either Brockport police or the Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputies with officers from other agencies assisting with those arrests.
While this situation escalated to what I will describe as an anomaly, it’s not unusual on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday night for a number of house parties to occur and/or students found to be highly intoxicated and disrespectful to public and private property. It’s also not uncommon for residents of the village to wake up in the morning to find damage to their property. Varrenti said that last year the college, which routinely hired buses to bring students to and from the village, stopped providing this service when students became unruly on buses. Varrenti appealed to the college to reinstate this service and assigned Brockport Police officers to ride the bus to ensure the safety of the bus drivers. The university Police Department also agreed to do the same. Unfortunately this year, it was decided that buses would bring people to and from the village but would stop service prior to 2AM. According to Varrenti, neither he, nor anyone member of the village board, was consulted before this decision was made. Varrenti said, “I don’t understand how you can transport someone to a bar to drink and then fail to transport them back to the campus.”
Varrenti will be meeting with all bar owners located in the village later this week (September 22 – 28). He will be reminding them that if they serve someone under the age of 21 or someone who is intoxicated the will be subject to losing their liquor license.
This irresponsible behavior will stop either voluntarily or by arrest. In the future if an incident like this happens again Varrenti will recommend to the village board a passage of local law to make Brockport a “dry” village. Absent this being done he will ensure enough law enforcement officers are present from the outset of trouble and whoever violates the law will be arrested. Make no mistake, this is not what I want to see occur; however, the people of Brockport, including college students, have a right to travel the roads without groups stopping cars, have a right to a peaceful night’s sleep and have a right to know their property will NOT be trespassed upon or be destroyed.
Below is the summary of arrest between the hours of 10 PM Friday night and 3:30 AM Sunday morning.
Breakdown of Arrests
12 – ABC 65 © 1 Possession of Alcohol under 21
12 – Village Code 4-5a Open Container
5 – Village Code 35-13 Littering
3 – CPCS 7th (2 for Cocaine, 1 for “Molly”)
1 – Unlawful possession of Marijuana
2 – Disorderly Conduct
1 – CPFI – (Forged ID)
Total – 36 Arrests
Below is the summary of arrests between the hours of 2 PM Saturday and 6 AM Sunday September 21st
1 – ABC 65© 1 Possession of Alcohol under 21
4 – Village Code 4-5a Open Container
5 – Village Code Disorderly House
8 – Penal Law – Disorderly Conduct
1 – Penal Law – Unlawful Possession of Marijuana
1 – Penal Law – Obstructing Governmental Administration
1 – Penal Law – Resisting Arrest
2 – VTL – Driving While Intoxicated
Total – 23 Arrests
Those that were arrested by the Brockport Police Department while standing in the road and failing to listen to requests to move are listed below. Additional arrests were made by the CSO however I do not have their names at this time.
- Jose Blanco-Piler 6-24-93 (Disorderly Conduct and UPM)
- Allysa M. Bidinack 7-27-92 (Disorderly Conduct)
- Dylan M. Ashley 12-3-91 (Disorderly Conduct)
- Kevin M. Murdock 10-31-93 (Disorderly Conduct)
- Scott A. Fisher 09-16-93 (Disorderly Conduct & Resisting Arrest).