Daniel Prude

Dozens of protesters calling for justice in the death of Daniel Prude marched from the Public Safety Building to Rochester City Hall on Tuesday morning.

Since a video of the arrest of Daniel Prude was released two weeks ago, calls for police reform have grown louder and more insistent.

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Mayor Lovely Warren has fired Rochester Police Chief La’Ron Singletary, effective immediately, and suspended her top communications aide and the city’s attorney for 30 days without pay.

Two elected officials have asked the U.S. Justice Department's Civil Rights Division to investigate police conduct during the Daniel Prude protests. 

Prude suffocated in Rochester Police custody in March and died a week later. 

Details about the incident were kept quiet until Prude's family came forward early this month. Police body camera footage shows Prude nude with a bag known as a spit shield on his head. Officers pinned him to the ground. 

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Hundreds of demonstrators marched through parts of Rochester Saturday night night in an 11th night of protests over the death of Daniel Prude.

Prude died in March, a week after being restrained by officers on the ground on Jefferson Avenue, but news of his death only came to light a little over a week ago when bodycam video was released. His death was ruled a homicide. Seven police officers were suspended and a state grand jury investigation is pending.

The Rev. Lewis Stewart said Thursday that the Rev. Jesse Jackson is considering coming to Rochester next week. 

Stewart spoke with the national civil rights leader on Wednesday and other members of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition in recent days. He said Jackson has been closely watching the recent unrest in Rochester. 

There has been more than a week of protests and rallies in Rochester since the public learned of the March death of Daniel Prude.

Prude is the 41-year-old Chicago man who was visiting his brother in Rochester. His brother, Joe Prude, called police because Daniel was having a mental health crisis, and they eventually found him running naked on Jefferson Avenue. Officers pinned him to the pavement, he lost consciousness and died a week later. The death was ruled a homicide.

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The Rochester Police command staff, including outgoing Chief La'Ron Singletary, met with City Council members and Mayor Lovely Warren via Zoom on Thursday about the ongoing unrest in the city.

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Martin Luther King Park was the scene Wednesday evening of a vigil held in honor of two recent victims of police violence. Jacob Blake was shot in the back seven times by officers in Kenosha Wisconsin in August, while video of the March death of Daniel Prude in Rochester recently went viral. Both incidents have sparked protests in their respective cities.

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Rochester Police Locust Club President Michael Mazzeo and Rochester Police Chief La’Ron Singletary will not serve on the city-county Commission on Racial and Structural Equity, Commission Co-chair Bill Johnson said Wednesday.

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The protest rallies and marches continued for a seventh straight night in Rochester on Tuesday, with events beginning on Jefferson Avenue in the city, near where Daniel Prude was pinned to the pavement by police in March. He died a week later, but news about his death came to light with police bodycam video released last week, sparking days of protest and nationwide condemnation by activists, political leaders and many other people.

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The family of Daniel Prude is asking a federal court to direct the Rochester Police Department to reform its process for investigating incidents in which officers use force, to implement policies that ensure officers who use unjustified force are disciplined, and to appoint a federal monitor to oversee those reforms.

Rochester Police chief and his command staff step down

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Rochester Police Chief La’Ron Singletary and one of his top deputy chiefs announced simultaneously Tuesday that they would step down -- the starkest political fallout yet from the news of the death of Daniel Prude.


An assistant principal at Spencerport High School has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into a social media post recorded at this weekend's protests in Rochester, in which he used crude language to describe police response to protesters.

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Protests calling for changes in local government leadership and justice for Daniel Prude continued for a sixth consecutive night on Monday in Rochester.

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Several naked or near-naked protesters sat outside Rochester’s Public Safety Building early Monday morning. They were also wearing spit hoods, the kind of device that police put on Daniel Prude last March as they pinned him to the pavement on Jefferson Avenue. He lost consciousness and died a week later.

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Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren and Police Chief La’Ron Singletary spoke out on Sunday about what can be done to prevent the type of death that happened in March when a 41-year-old man died in police custody. Daniel Prude's family had called police to say he was having mental health issues and he was found running naked on Jefferson Avenue.

Against the advice of counsel, Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said Thursday that she is suspending seven police officers involved in the death of 41-year-old Daniel Prude.

Earlier Thursday, City Council wrote a letter to Warren calling for the officers to be placed on administrative leave. The officers are suspended with pay, and Warren said she understood that the police union may sue the city over the move.

Thursday night was a tale of two groups with contrasting ideas on how to make change, clashing, after the death of Daniel Prude.

When Rochester police officers came upon Daniel Prude in the middle of Jefferson Avenue in the early morning hours of March 23, he was naked and in distress. The temperature hovered around freezing.

He had allegedly just gone on a destructive tear, according to police reports, smashing out the windows of several storefronts, and ranting about having the coronavirus. A passing tow truck driver who called 911 described Prude as being covered in blood.