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Brief court appearance for woman seen in video in struggle with officer

Brief court appearance for woman seen in video in struggle with officer

Rochester, NY -- A brief city court appearance Friday for Brenda Hardaway, the woman seen on video getting hit in the head by a Rochester police officer while she allegedly resisted arrest.

Assistant District Attorney Brian Green tells WHAM 1180 the grand jury has indicted Hardaway on felony charges and the case moves next to Supreme Court. There is no date for an arraignment and Hardaway remains held on $7,500 bail.

Green says Hardaway's brother, who was arrested with her Tuesday, passed out in the court lobby and an ambulance had to be called.

Hardaway was charged with assault, resisting arrest, menacing and possessing a pepper spray.

The video was recorded by a bystander after police responded to a fight on Seyle Terrace. Police say Hardaway interfered in the arrest of her brother. In the video, Hardaway is heard yelling that she is pregnant.

Rochester City Council, meanwhile, has issued a statement about the case asking that the community reserve judgment until all the facts are in and a thorough investigation is conducted, both internally by the police Professional Standards Section and the Civilian Review Board.

 

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