Rochester Police Chief Jim Sheppard says combating the crowds that gather at the end of the Puerto RIcan Festival each year has gotten easier.
He says going as far back as his days as a comander, the crowds have become less unruly.
Police used pepper balls and an LRAD acoustic device to disperse the crowd Sunday. Officers made 27 arrests; most were for disorderly conduct.
Meanwhile, festival organizer and president Orlando Ortiz says that the festival has a rich tradition in the community going back to the late 1960s. Ortiz isn't deterred by calls by some for the annual festival to end.
Ortiz says that the violence after the event is independent of the festival. And he says he and his board will continue to work with the city to help alleviate the crowds that gather after the festival.