More than a dozen half-naked people wearing “spitting caps” sat at the Rochester City Hall entrance Thursday – the second time in days – to protest Daniel Prude’s death just hours after hundreds of protesters took to road to the eighth consecutive night, according to officials and multiple reports.
Protesters sat in front of City Hall’s Church Street entrance Thursday morning, wearing mesh covers, known as “spitting hoods,” over their heads to mimic the circumstances of Prude’s arrest on March 23, Democrat reported. and Chronicle.
Prude, a 41-year-old black man, died after police found him running naked in a street, put a hood over his head to keep him from spitting, then held him for about 2 minutes, according to relationships. He died a week later after life support was removed.
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His brother had called the emergency health services for help with Prude̵
A coroner concluded that Prude’s death was a homicide caused by “complications of asphyxiation in the context of physical restraint.” The report lists excited delirium and acute phencyclidine intoxication, or PCP, as contributing factors.
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His death sparked outrage last week after his relatives released the police body camera video and written reports obtained through a request for public documents.
The demonstration on Thursday marked the ninth day of protests.
Police said nearly 200 people protested Wednesday evening, marching to the public security building where they “defeated both layers of barricades.”
No arrests were made overnight, police said.
Seven police officers were suspended in connection with Prude’s death. Police Chief LaRon Singletary, Deputy Chief Joseph M. Morabito and two commanders retired on Tuesday, while two other deputy chiefs and one commander resigned from top positions and returned to lower ranks. The outgoing boss accused critics of trying to “destroy my character and my integrity”.
“Members of the Rochester Police Department and the Greater Rochester community know my reputation and know what I stand for,” Singletary said in a prepared statement. “The wrong characterization and politicization of the actions I took after being informed of Mr. Prude’s death is not based on facts, and it is not what I stand for.”
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American attorney James P. Kennedy said Adam Green, of Dansville, NY, hit an officer in the head Saturday night with a makeshift wooden shield after the crowd was told to disperse, while Dallas Williams-Smothers, of Rochester, launched a “commercial-grade mortar-fireworks” at a line of police officers that same night.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.