On Friday night, Rochester police used tear gas to disperse a demonstration against Prude’s death and police tactics used before he died.
Largely peaceful protesters demonstrating against the suffocation death of Daniel Prude marched Friday outside police headquarters in Rochester, NY — as officers doused some activists with a chemical spray & repeatedly fired an irritant to disperse crowds https://t.co/1DqBfsY5MF pic.twitter.com/iJUE0xHMdP
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Tactics, including the use of spit hoods and the response to mental illness are now under a microscope.
According to police, officers found Prude running naked through the streets and spitting in March. Prude was restrained with a spit hood that night and died one week later.
Seven officers have been suspended without pay.
On Friday, a police union leader said the officers involved were following their training.
The medical examiner’s report also cited acute PCP intoxication as a cause of Prude’s death.
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