Naked protesters Fill The Streets Over Daniel Prude killing
Photos and video of roughly a half-dozen demonstrators, naked or barely clothed circulated. Some protestors had written “Black Lives Matter” on their backs. The sat silently with their hands behind them, on a rain-slicked street outside the city Public Safety Building. The Democrat & Chronicle reported that after a time, the demonstrators were given blankets and left in cars.
President Donald Trump spoke out about Rochester through twitter, saying it was among cities that had “bad nights,” while Mayor Lovely Warren commended activist leaders, police and community elders on a night of calm protest Sunday.
Daniel Prude was only 41-year-olds. He is yet another Black man, dying after police found him running naked in a street March 23, put a hood over his head to stop him from spitting, then held him down for about two minutes until he stopped breathing. He died a week later after he was taken off life support.
Joe Prude, the brother of Daniel Prude had called 911 seeking help for Daniel Prude’s unusual behavior. He had been taken to a hospital for a mental health evaluation earlier that night but released after a few hours, his brother told officers. naked protestors
His death sparked outrage after his relatives on Wednesday released police body camera video and written reports they obtained through a public records request.
ABC reported that Seven police officers were suspended Thursday, and state Attorney General Letitia James said Saturday she would form a grand jury and conduct an “exhaustive investigation” into Prude’s death. Warren and Police Chief La’Ron Singletary have faced calls for their resignations over the delay in releasing details of Prude’s death. naked protestors
Although, Police union officials have said the officers were following their training. Protestors are demanding a change in how officials respond to mental health cases and calling for police accountability.
As protestors filled the streets demonstrations intensified into clashes between police and protesters, with officers dousing activists with a chemical spray and firing what appeared to be pepper balls to drive them from barricades around the headquarters building. At points, fireworks were shot off and a bus stop was set ablaze.
However, Local media said there were no such confrontations Sunday night, when community elders served as a buffer between protesters and police. The Police Department said no arrests were made.