Rochester’s Democrat mayor indicted on campaign finance felonies

Indictment comes as city is still dealing with a suffocation death in police custody earlier this year that touched off protests.

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Protests in Rochester, New York, Sept. 5
Protests in Rochester, New York, Sept. 5
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Updated: October 3, 2020 - 1:09pm

Already reeling from a police custody death, the city of Rochester, N.Y., was struck by new strife Friday when its Democratic mayor was charged with felony campaign finance violations.

Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley announced that Mayor Lovely Warren was indicted on two felonies, including scheme to defraud in the first degree and violation of election law related to her last reelection campaign.

A campaign aide and a political action committee official were also charged, Doorley said.

Warren could be forced from office if convicted. She has called the probe a witch hunt.  

"This could be a long process, and we anticipate that there could be challenges along the way," the prosecutor said. 

The announcement came as the city is still dealing with the suffocation death of Daniel Prude in police custody.

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