Prude Death Investigation

8th straight night of Daniel Prude protests in Rochester concludes peacefully

Daniel Prude

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — For the eighth consecutive night since news of Daniel Prude’s death first became public, demonstrators gathered in Rochester to demand justice, and it was the forth straight night that thing remained relatively peaceful.

The gathering began around 7:30 p.m. in Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park at Manhattan Square in downtown Rochester. Around 9:30 p.m. the group — approximately 200 according to police — marched towards the Public Safety Building, arriving around 9:45 p.m.

Things were largely peaceful for most of the night, even as some tensions flared. The group of about 125 left the PSB around 10, stopped on Court Street for some speeches, then marched throughout downtown en route back to MLK Park. The demonstration dwindled in size as the night went on, and dispersed shortly after midnight.

Police said there were no arrests or injuries reported.

Updates from the scene

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 Wednesday, and now the case is being investigated by the New York State Attorney General’s Office.

MORE | Daniel Prude timeline: From March encounter with police to current protests in Rochester

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 on September 2.

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

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