Rochester N.Y.- More than 200 people packed into the City Council Chambers last night to weigh in on Councilman Adam McFadden's plan to fight open-air drug markets in Rochester.
He got plenty of comment and an outpouring of frustration about street corner drug markets; operations that many speakers said are run by young black men, serving a mostly white suburban clientel, and using cell phones to set up their transactions so fast that police can't respond in time.
McFadden's plan is to let the police chief designate temporary "Drug Free Zones" where dealers operate. For five days, even two people talking on the street would be approached by police and told to get out of the area.
McFadden says he knows his idea has problems but says something has to be done.