Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley has issued a public apology early Monday morning, addressing her recent conduct during a traffic stop that was captured on a police body-worn camera and went viral globally. In the video, Doorley apologizes to the involved officer and the broader community, acknowledging her wrongdoing and assuming full responsibility for her actions. The incident, which showed Doorley using derogatory language towards Officer Cameron Crisafulli and attempting to use her position to influence the situation, has sparked significant public and political backlash.

Doorley’s Statement and Public Response

In her apology, Doorley detailed the personal and professional pressures she was facing at the time of the incident, including handling multiple homicide cases and dealing with troubling medical news about her husband. Despite these stresses, she admitted that her reactions were unjustifiable and promised to take disciplinary actions against herself. This includes submitting an attorney grievance complaint for investigation and undergoing ethics training to reinforce the importance of professionalism in her role. The video comes after Governor Kathy Hochul called for an investigation into Doorley’s actions by a prosecutorial misconduct commission.

Calls for Accountability and Legal Proceedings

The fallout from the incident has led to widespread calls for Doorley’s resignation and an examination of her fitness to continue in her role as District Attorney. The Rochester City Council has requested an investigation by the Attorney General of New York into Doorley’s conduct during the traffic stop to ensure accountability and uphold the principle that no one is above the law. Meanwhile, Doorley has pleaded guilty to the speeding violation and has referred her case to a different district attorney’s office for a full review, signaling her commitment to addressing the repercussions of her actions comprehensively.