Prude Death Investigation

Rochester police, Black Lives Matter protesters clash downtown at Daniel Prude demonstration

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — In the aftermath of Daniel Prude’s death, a Black Lives Matter protest is underway in downtown Rochester.

A peaceful protest began at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park at Manhattan Square in downtown Rochester at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

After a few hours of speeches and prayer, including a speech from Daniel Prude’s brother, Joe Prude, the group of more than 1,000 demonstrators began a march through the city — heading down East Avenue, to Alexander Street, through residential areas of Park Avenue, to Monroe Avenue, and then down Chestnut Street. They chanted “Daniel Prude” often throughout the march.

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When the protesters turned left down Court Street, they were met by a large police presence. Officers on megaphones announced “Rochester police has deemed this an unlawful assembly” and began launching tear gas into the crowd.

Officers said demonstrators would be arrested if they stayed, yet many did while others dispersed.

Daniel 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.

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.

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

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