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Edison Tech coach reflects on arrest of players

Rochester, N.Y. Coach Jacob Scott tells his players day in and day out: keep your composure.

Even if they have teachers they dont like, they have to control their inner voice, Scott said.

That self-control is what Scott says he tried to exhibit last week when police were trying to disperse him and his team at the corner of E. Main St. and Stone St. in downtown Rochester.

All I know is my guys were downtown where they were supposed to be catching the bus (to go to a scrimmage) and (three of them) were arrested, Scott said.

Monday, Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley dismissed the charged saying it was in the interest of justice.

Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard disagreed with the move.

If we have a system where we do not have faith in our officers word, our entire system will fall apart, Sheppard said.

Sheppard says store owners on that street had complained about loiterers and when officers asked the young men to leave, they did not listen.

People should be talking about how could these gentlemen have handled themselves differently, because thats what were missing in this discussion--is their accountability for their actions as well, Sheppard said.

Scott says to go home, the players would still have had to wait at the bus stop.

At Monday nights game against Franklin, Scott said he was encouraging the team to look at the games ahead, but added it will be difficult to completely leave that day behind.

It just keeps a stain on me as far as what actually happened, Scott said.

Adam Chodak, 13WHAM-TV
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