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Some abuse victims caught in nuisance law trap

He put his hands on her throat, and squeezed until she couldn’t breathe. He had a gun, and a history of domestic violence against her.

All this is in the crime report.

But the gun that police found on Javonnta Simmons’ boyfriend that February day — he allegedly intended to pistol whip her — led the city of Rochester to assess nuisance points against the Genesee Street apartment building where she lived. And that, Simmons alleges in a lawsuit, forced her to move. Read more