Syracuse Housing Authority quadruples presence in Skiddy Park on Father's Day

Sunday marks almost one year since last year's Father's Day riots

Syracuse, NY (WSYR-TV) - The Syracuse Housing Authority quadrupling its presence near a nearly empty park Sunday, with as many as 12 people after last year's Father's Day riots.

After reports of gunshots in a complex near the park, hundreds of Skiddy Park neighbors scattered. An officer who ran into the crowd, Kelsey Francemone, shot a man who investigators believed had a gun. A grand jury later cleared her of any wrongdoing in the death of Gary Porter.

On a typical Sunday Bill Simmons, the Executive Director, says they have at most three security guards driving throughout the area. 

"We want the residents to feel comfortable that the Syracuse Police Department and Syracuse Housing Authority are going to be here to enforce the rules and make sure that everyone can have a good Father's Day and a peaceful Father's Day," said Bill Simmons.

Also, he says neighbors were told they would not be allowed to have backyard parties with more than ten people.

Syracuse Police tell NewsChannel 9 they haven't made any specific plans for Sunday, but we found numerous officers on patrol, many walking the area, hanging around the new police substation, and as many as six patrol cars around Skiddy Park late Sunday afternoon.


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