Naked with spit hoods: Rochester protesters demonstrate in solidarity with Daniel Prude

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Demonstrating in spit hoods and naked in the street, Rochester protesters demanded state action for Daniel Prude outside the Public Safety Building Monday morning.

City Councilmember Mary Lupien (D-East) described why the demonstrators did what they did Monday morning.

“It was cold. He was handcuffed on the ground, no blanket,” Lupien said. “It can too quickly be sensationalized and really compartmentalized, but I think it’s really impactful to just imagine as a human being this happening to you and your loved one.”

The demonstrators sat outside the Public Safety Building, in the middle of the street, with their hands tied behind their backs for about an hour.

Organizers have a list of demands (full document below), that includes:

  • Statewide passage of Daniel’s Law
  • Statewide passage of Cariol’s Law
  • Statewide ban on police use of force against peaceful protesters

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 last week with body camera footage surfacing, and now the case is being investigated by the New York State Attorney General’s Office.

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.

Seven Rochester police officers have been suspended without pay in connection to the incident: Officers Mark Vaughn, Troy Taladay, Paul Ricotta, Francisco Santiago, Andrew Specksgoor, Josiah Harris, and Sgt. Michael Magri.

Protests have been ongoing in Rochester since the news broke Wednesday.

For more on the death of Daniel Prude and the responses from the community and law enforcement, turn to NEWS10 sister station WSYR-TV.

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