GALLERY: Daniel Prude protest photos in Rochester

Daniel Prude

ROCHESTER, NY – SEPTEMBER 10: The family of Daniel Prude, visiting from Chicago and Florida, participate in a community celebration of life in Prude’s memory on September 10, 2020, in Rochester, New York. There have been protests in Rochester since the family released bodycam footage of his arrest, which led to his subsequent death. Mayor Lovely Warren has announced the suspension of seven officers involved in the arrest and promises reforms to the city’s police department. The celebration took place on Jefferson Avenue, the street where Prude was arrested. (Photo by Joshua Rashaad McFadden/Getty Images)

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Daniel Prude, a 41-year-old Black man from Chicago, died after an encounter with Rochester police in March, but news of the incident didn’t come to light until September 2, and now the case is being investigated by the New York State Attorney General’s Office.

The autopsy report from the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the death of Prude a homicide. The report says Prude’s cause of death includes “complications of asphyxia in the setting of physical restraint.” The report also showed that Prude also had a small amount of PCP in his system at the time of his death, which could explain his erratic behavior.

Seven Rochester police officers have been suspended with pay in connection to the incident: Officers Mark Vaughn, Troy Taladay, Paul Ricotta, Francisco Santiago, Andrew Specksgoor, Josiah Harris, and Sgt. Michael Magri.

A federal civil lawsuit filed from the Prude family against the City of Rochester alleges there was an internal cover-up. Police Chief La’Ron Singletary, and other command staff within the department, have since announced their retirements.

Protests have been ongoing in Rochester since the news broke Wednesday. This page will serve to document those protests.

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