U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced that two men have been charged with civil disorder during protests in Rochester on September 5.
Adam Green, 20, of Dansville and Dallas Williams-Smothers, 20, of Rochester each face five years in prison if convicted.
Williams-Smothers allegedly threw a firework at police, with the firework detonating near the officers. Williams-Smothers fled the scene, but when he was apprehended and arrested, Kennedy says that two mortar-style, commercial grade fireworks were found on his person.
Green allegedly used a makeshift shield while resisting arrest, striking the officer in the forehead portion of his helmet. The officer suffered a cut and abrasion on his nose.
Kennedy says that the charges are not aimed at suppressing free speech, but to punish violence.
"My office, the U.S. Attorney's office, will continue to investigate acts of violence committed at this protest and we will not hesitate to charge any individual who commits these acts of violence to the fullest extent of the federal law," said Kennedy. "These arrests are not about deterring free speech, they are about deterring violent and dangerous criminal activity."
This is a developing story that will be updated as more information becomes available.