ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Protesters demonstrating over Daniel Prude’s death clashed with police outside the Public Safety Building in downtown Rochester late Thursday, and into Friday morning.
At least 13 rounds of pepper spray were deployed as of 11:30 p.m. It is unclear if there are any injuries of any of the protesters to report. According to a statement from the Rochester Police Department, two officers were injuries requiring hospitalization and have since been released.
According to a statement from RPD Captain Michael Callari, eight individuals were arrested. Those names, ages and charges as are follows:
- 32-year-old Quinn Williams, Disorderly Conduct
- 26-year-old Jamia McCuller, Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Arrest
- 39-year-old James Shorr, Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Arrest
- 31-year-old Justin Morris, Disorderly Conduct and Harassment
- 60-year-old Jao Nobrega, Disorderly Conduct
- 27-year-old Daniel Sorokti, Disorderly Conduct
- 38-years-old Devorah Chatman, Disorderly Conduct
- 24-year-old Dean Yencer, Disorderly Conduct
“Rocks and glass bottles were thrown at officers. Two were injured, requiring hospitalization. They were treated and released,” Callari said in the statement.
Rochester police deputy chief Mark Mura said Friday “RPD does use pepper spray and pepper balls, but only utilizes pepper spray or pepper balls when officers are being targeted with flying objects; or when protesters are trying to undo barricades; or when protesters are doing or threatening to do damage to property.”
Police were outside their headquarters with riot gear after a demonstration for Prude moved from Jefferson Avenue, where he encountered police before his death, to the Public Safety Building.
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 | WATCH: Footage of encounter between Daniel Prude and Rochester police officers before his death
In total, seven Rochester police officers are suspended with pay connected to the encounter: Officers Mark Vaughn, Troy Taladay, Paul Ricotta, Francisco Santiago, Andrew Specksgoor, Josiah Harris, and Sgt. Michael Magri.
That 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.
“I placed the phone call for my brother to get help, not for my brother to get lynched,” said Joe Prude, the brother of Daniel Prude Wednesday. “When I say get lynched, that was full fledged, murder, cold blooded — nothing other than cold blooded murder. The man is defenseless, naked on the ground, cuffed up already. I mean come on, how many brothers got to die for society to understand that this needs to stop? You killed a defenseless black man, a father’s son, a brother’s brother, a nephews uncle.”
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