Rochester Police Rebuked by Rochestor Mayor On Daniel Prude Killing
Rochester mayor Lovely Warren spoke out to the family of Daniel Prude, rebuking the Rochester police and and taking ownership of his death.
“Mr. Daniel Prude was failed by our police, our mental health care system, our society, and by me,” Warren said at the outset of her remarks. “And, for that I apologize to the Prude family and all of our community.”
“It is time for all of that to change. It is time for our community to join forces with the advocates, with the people who are protesting in our streets, and the government to stand up for what is right,” Warren said “And what is right is that everyone is treated humanely. That everyone is treated with justice.”
“The only way we are going to change institutional and structural and systematic racism in our city is to face it head on,” she said.
Warren said she joined with the advocates who are calling for police reform and those calling for justice in this case, whatever that may be.
“We have a lot of work to do here. We are at a moment in time not only in this city but in this country, to deal with the very issues that this country has failed to face century after century, generation after generation,” Warren said.
Seven Rochester police officers have been suspended for the death of Daniel Prude.
“I know that I must do better as a leader of this community,” Warren said. “We cannot continue to fail Black lives this way. We can’t improve our city or improve our nation until we face the reality, the undeniable truth: racism is alive and well in every system in America. And the buck stops here today with me at City Hall.”
Rochester Mayor says these disparities are part of a system of inequality that is long over due for change.