Rochester Protests Proceed, Mayor Vows Police Overhaul

A whole bunch of protesters marched by central Rochester, N.Y., for a fifth evening on Sunday after Mayor Pretty Warren pledged police overhauls in response to the dying of Daniel Prude. The subdued demonstration got here 24 hours after violent clashes close to police headquarters, as protesters hurled rocks at police who responded with tear fuel and pepper pellets, the Washington Post reports. Warren (D) acknowledged that metropolis officers had failed of their obligation to guard Prude, 41, a Black man who died of asphyxiation every week after police positioned a hood over his head and pinned him to the pavement throughout his arrest on March 23. Warren vowed to extend psychological well being sources and transferring a disaster intervention crew from the police division to a different metropolis division. Different modifications would observe over “weeks, months and years,” she stated.

Hours after the information convention, a various crowd of 1,00zero protesters blocked an intersection close to the spot the place Prude was arrested, erecting barricades with trash cans and orange visitors cones. New York Lawyer Basic Letitia James will empanel a grand jury to analyze Prude’s dying, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Monroe County health worker has dominated Prude’s dying a murder. A police report stated officers had utilized a “spit sock” to Prude and that he later vomited and went unresponsive. Seven officers concerned in Prude’s dying have been suspended. Warren stated Police Chief La’Ron Singletary initially instructed her that Prude died of a drug overdose in police custody. Warren stated she concluded in another way after viewing footage of the incident. “What I noticed in that video was a person who wanted assist,” she stated.