Tempers flare at Newburgh press conference

MOUNT VERNON - Tempers flared once again in Newburgh in aftermath of the Michael Lembhard's death.

During a news conference at City Hall today, officials and Lembhard supporters disagreed over the violence that occurred at a rally Monday night.

Mayor Judy Kennedy says when the memorial for Lembhard was ending, the crowd started a bon fire. Fire and police crews were called, and a chaotic fight broke out with bricks and rocks allegedly thrown at officers. "Who threw bricks at the fire truck? Who wanted the police to come? Who was yelling obscenities at the police? The answer is the angry mob itching for a fight!" says Kennedy.

Although Mayor Kennedy did not specifically say the Lembhard family started violence, family members at the conference felt they were getting blamed. They are also upset that within the last two weeks, cops have arrested a brother and cousin of the police shooting victim.

Mayor Kennedy ended the press conference by announcing that four full-time police officers have been hired to join the force.

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