Statement from Mayor Rolison Regarding Ongoing Police Investigation
The following is a statement by Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison regarding an ongoing investigation into an altercation between two Poughkeepsie City School students which occurred along the Eastbound Arterial Highway on Monday, March, 11th at approximately 4:00 p.m.
At this time, it appears that during an altercation between two female students, which was viewed and video-recorded by a large group of individuals, two juveniles were arrested for interfering with the police effort to break-up the fight. The fight is believed to be a continuation of an earlier altercation involving the same two students in the 4:00 p.m. fight. The Poughkeepsie Police Department responded to the original altercation and successfully de-escalated the situation.
“The review of the incident is progressing in a timely but deliberate manner, and I am receiving frequent updates from Police Chief Pape and our City Administrator. Additional video, as well as written witness statements and facts uncovered from a number of eye-witnesses have advanced our understanding of the situation. At this time, we are waiting for more information in this developing investigation, so that we may make a fair and reasonable judgement as to what actually occurred.”
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the residents of Poughkeepsie, members of our community, and community leaders for their patience and understanding while we continue to fully and thoroughly investigate this matter.”