Prude Death Investigation

President Trump says Rochester is ‘weakly run by radical left’ after a night of peaceful protests

Daniel Prude

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — News of Daniel Prude’s death in Rochester has spread around the country and now President Donald Trump is weighing in.

The president tweeted Monday morning:

Mayor Lovely Warren released a statement Monday in response to the president’s tweet:

“Last night the world saw the true spirit of Rochester. Over 1,000 people came together in solidarity to remember the life of Daniel Prude and call for the change that is needed to overcome structural and institutional racism. I am grateful to Pastor Myra Brown, our community elders, and the leaders of the local Black Lives Matter movement for helping ensure calm while making their message heard.

I am also glad that our Rochester Police Department and Chief Singletary followed my edict to adopt a smaller and more restrained posture. It is clear to me that their actions were crucial to the peace we saw last night.

Lastly, I ask that all involved ignore the commentary from the President. It is clear is his only desire is to bait people to act with hate and incite violence that he believes will benefit him politically. We will not give him what he wants. We will continue to act with grace and do the work necessary improve Rochester and our entire community.”

Melissa DeRosa, Secretary to Gov. Andrew Cuomo also responded on Twitter Monday:

Activists have been calling for the resignation of Mayor Warren, and Police Chief La’Ron Singletary. Both leaders said Sunday they would not resign.

MORE | Gov. Cuomo on Daniel Prude death: ‘What I saw was deeply disturbing and I demand answers’

Prude, a 41-year-old Black man from Chicago, died after an encounter with Rochester police back in March, but news of the incident just came to light last week with body camera footage surfacing, 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.

MORE | WATCH: Footage of encounter between Daniel Prude and Rochester police officers before his death

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.

Protests have been ongoing in Rochester since the news broke Wednesday. 

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