Prude Death Investigation

Protesters peacefully demand justice for Daniel Prude and Breonna Taylor in Rochester

Daniel Prude

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — After a few days off, protests resumed in Rochester Thursday evening.

Free the People ROC, the local Black Lives Matter group chiefly responsible for recent demonstrations this month, organized a protest that began at 6:30 p.m. on Jefferson Avenue in Rochester. The group said on a social media that Thursday’s protest was to demand justice for Daniel Prude and Breonna Taylor.

From Jefferson Avenue the group marched downtown, reaching the Public Safety Building shortly before 10 p.m.

From there demonstrators sat on the street, meditating in silence for five minutes street. Then speakers presented demands and inspirational words before the group dispersed around 11 p.m.

Rochester police had no presence outside the Public Safety Building and demonstrated no force. There were no injuries or arrests reported into Friday morning and the protest was peaceful by all accounts.

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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 on September 2.

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.

Less than one week Prude’s death became public, Police Chief Singletary announced his retirement — along with several other members of RPD’s command staff. The following week, Mayor Lovely Warren fired Singletary before his effective retirement date, and named Mark Simmons the interim Chief of Police.

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.

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

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