• The
    mayor or Rochester fired the city’s police chief and suspended two officials
    over the death of Daniel Prude in police custody.
  • The
    death of Prude, a 41-year-old black man, was ruled as a homicide by
    asphyxiation, with the drug PCP a contributing factor.
  • Video
    footage of the March arrest, released by Prude’s family, shows officers using a
    mesh hood and pinning Prude to the pavement.

New
York – Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren on Monday fired Police Chief La’Ron
Singletary and suspended two city officials over the handling of the
asphyxiation death of Daniel Prude in police custody.

Video footage, released by
Prude’s family, showed officers using a mesh hood and pinning the 41-year-old black
man to the pavement during the March arrest.

The footage has raised questions
of a possible cover-up and turned Rochester into the latest flashpoint in a
summer of protests over racial injustice and policing, first sparked by George
Floyd’s 25 May death in Minneapolis police custody.

“We have a pervasive problem
in the Rochester Police Department, one that views everything through the eyes
of the badge and not the citizens that we serve,” Warren said during a
news conference. “It shows that Mr. Prude’s death was not taken as
seriously as it should have been.”

Seven police officers suspended

Warren also announced that she suspended
City Corporation Counsel Tim Curtin and Communications Director Justin Roj
without pay for 30 days.

Singletary resigned last Tuesday
along with his command staff, saying there had been a “mischaracterisation
and politicisation” of his actions following the death of Prude in police
custody. It was unclear when the resignations were to take effect.

A demonstrator holds a sign as people protest

A demonstrator holds a sign as people protest to demand justice for Daniel Prude.

AFP PHOTO: Kena Betancur, AFP

Seven police officers involved in
the arrest were suspended on 3 September, shortly after protests erupted
following the release of the video of Prude’s arrest.

The
medical examiner ruled his death a homicide by asphyxiation, with the drug PCP
a contributing factor. He was having a psychotic episode when he was arrested.

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