Police in Rochester, New York tried for months to hide body camera footage from the public that showed officers placing a hood over the head of Daniel Prude, a 41-year-old Black man, and pinning him to the ground, according to an internal report released Monday by the city’s mayor, Lovely Warren.
Officials in Rochester, New York, spent months trying to suppress video footage of the police encounter that led to Daniel Prude’s death. https://t.co/5Mp9f1CeP1— The New York Times (@nytimes) September 15, 2020
"Everyone’s talking about the 'right' way to protest… If I had a magic wand, I wouldn’t be trying to fix protests. I’d use it to get the police to stop brutalizing Black people. That’s why the protests are happening."— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) September 9, 2020
On protests surrounding Daniel Prude's death in Rochester: pic.twitter.com/zkVJNRZwZC
Rochester, New York, police commanders urged city officials to hold off on releasing body camera footage of Daniel Prude’s March suffocation death because they feared violent blowback, emails show. The video was made public by Prude’s family on Sept. 4. https://t.co/qHWHZAP739— The Associated Press (@AP) September 16, 2020
JUST IN: Rochester police chief, entire command staff retire suddenly following protests in death of Daniel Prude. https://t.co/H8Kvx517Ym— ABC News (@ABC) September 8, 2020
Prude died March 30, a week after officers restrained him with pressure to the head and neck, and the county medical examiner ruled the death a homicide from asphyxia. Police footage of the incident was not released until September.
BREAKING: Rochester, N.Y., mayor ousts police chief, suspends city's top lawyer over Daniel Prude's suffocation death. Mayor Lovely Warren says an initial investigation found the police department did not take Prude's death in March seriously. https://t.co/HJnwdaV80p— The Associated Press (@AP) September 14, 2020
The woman pictured is Cariol, she is a former Buffalo Police Officer who was fired and stripped of her pension for stopping a fellow officer from brutalizing someone in their custody. Stop police brutality— LOVE ⚖️ 🙏 (@OMGAngelKing) September 7, 2020
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Though the report on Prude’s death initially referred to him as an “individual” under “victim type,” the recently released documents show a Rochester officer writing in red to change the classification:
“Make him a suspect.” A Rochester deputy wrote in a June 4 email to the city’s police chief La’Ron Singletary, “We certainly do not want people to misinterpret the officers’ actions and conflate this incident with any recent killings of unarmed Black men by law enforcement nationally.” Singletary replied, “I totally agree.” Warren fired Singletary last week over the case.