Prude Death Investigation

Protesters in Rochester demand resignation of District Attorney, Doorley reiterates commitment

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Protesters took to the streets once again Rochester Monday.

Approximately 50 demonstrators gathered at 2 p.m. outside City Hall on Church Street. From there they marched to the Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley’s office.

According to protest organizers, Free the People ROC, the demonstration was to demand the resignation of Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley. Organizers wrote on Instagram:

“Monroe County District Attorney, Sandra Doorley is the most dangerous woman in our region. Sandra Doorley is notorious for prosecutorial misconduct, unethical behavior, and for fueling mass incarceration specifically targeting poor people, Black and Brown people, and members of our community with mental illness and substance use disorders. Join us in holding her accountable and demanding her immediate resignation!”

Doorley responded Monday with a statement:

“As I have stated before, I have no intention of resigning. I will continue to serve as the Monroe County District Attorney, just as I have since 2012. The people of Monroe County resoundingly re-elected me last year and I want to make it abundantly clear that I, along with the employees of the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office, will continue to ensure that there will be justice, public safety, law and order in this community.”

This was not the first demonstration for Doorley’s resignation — two weeks ago, protesters gathered outside Doorley’s office and painted “RESIGN” in the street in red paint.

In an interview with News 8 later that week, Doorley reiterated her commitment to the job, along with touching on aspects of the Daniel Prude case, prosecutorial strategies, and more.

Along with Doorley, Free the People ROC have also maintained calls for the resignation of Mayor Lovely Warren, Deputy Mayor James Smith, and Rochester Police Locust Club President Mike Mazzeo.

Protests have been ongoing in and around Rochester since September 2, when details of Prude’s death first became public.

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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