Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump tweeted that Rochester was one of the cities that had had “bad nights,” while Mayor Lovely Warren praised activist leaders, police and community elders during a night of calm demonstration Sunday.
Prude, a 41-year-old black man, died after police found him running naked in a street on March 23, put a hood over his head to prevent him from spitting, then took him held down for about two minutes until he stops breathing. He died a week later after being removed from the life support system.
His brother, Joe Prude, had called 911 to ask for help with Daniel Prude’s unusual behavior. He had been taken to hospital for a mental health assessment earlier that night, but was released after a few hours, his brother told police.
His death sparked outrage after his relatives posted a police body camera video on Wednesday and wrote reports they obtained through a request for public records.
Seven police officers were suspended on Thursday and state attorney general Letitia James said on Saturday she would form a grand jury and conduct a “full investigation” into Prude’s death. Warren and Police Chief La’Ron Singletary have faced calls to resign due to the delay in releasing details of Prude’s death.
Police union officials said the police were undergoing training.
Protesters demanded police accountability and legislation to change the way authorities respond to mental health emergencies.
Free The People ROC issued a statement on Monday saying the marches will continue until Warren and Singletary resign, officers involved in Prude’s death are fired and prosecuted, and the Rochester Police Department is barred from responding to inquiries. mental health appeals and canceled funding.
Protesters gathered in a Rochester park on Monday night before marching to the city’s public safety building after dark, for a sixth consecutive night of protests.
Police lined up under the Frederick Douglass – Susan B. Anthony Memorial Bridge late that night and announced over a loudspeaker that the rally outside the building was ruled illegal and threatened that the refusal to leave could result in arrests.
The demonstration ended peacefully around 1 a.m., with the crowd voluntarily dispersing.
On Sunday, police said more than 1,000 protesters marched to the public security building on a more peaceful night than the others, with community elders acting as a buffer between officers and protesters. The police department said no arrests had been made.
“Last night the world saw the true spirit of Rochester,” Warren said in a statement, adding that she told the police department on Sunday “to adopt a smaller, more restrained posture.”
Trump, however, mentioned Rochester in a Monday morning tweet about the cities, he said that “all of them had had bad nights” and were “weakly run by radical left-Democratic governors and mayors!” ”
“Get the picture? Added the Republican president.
Protests before Sunday had escalated into clashes between police and protesters, with officers spraying the activists with chemical spray and firing what appeared to be pepperballs to drive them from barricades around the headquarters building. At times, fireworks were fired and a bus stop was set on fire.
Warren, a Democrat, urged people to ignore Trump’s comments, accusing him of trying “to make people act with hatred and incite violence which he says will benefit him politically.”
This summer, Trump has repeatedly portrayed Democratic mayors as weak leaders who have let their cities be overrun with violence and disorderly protests, posing as the president of “law and order” who will protect the country chaos.
Shootings, murders and other crimes have increased this summer in cities like New York, Chicago and Detroit, although crime remains lower overall than it has been in years past.
Trump has sought to link street violence to the protests. Criminal justice experts say spikes in crime cannot be easily explained in a year with historic unemployment and a pandemic that has killed more than 180,000 people.