Prude Death Investigation

Daniel Prude’s family arrives in Rochester for peaceful celebration of life event

Daniel Prude

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — The family of Daniel Prude has arrived in Rochester, coming from all over the country to join Thursday’s rally on Jefferson Avenue. The demonstration was a celebration of life featuring live music from Danielle Ponder with a full band in the street.

Demonstrators danced, sang, and demanded justice for Prude for the ninth straight night in Rochester, peacefully Thursday.

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. 

Check back with News 8 WROC as we will continue to update this developing story.

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