ROCHESTER, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Nine protesters were arrested in Rochester as demonstrations over the the death of Daniel Prude, a Black man who lost consciousness after police held a hood over his head, continued for a fourth night.
Three officers were treated at hospitals for injuries they suffered when “projectiles and incendiary devices” were hurled at them during Saturday night’s protests over the death of Prude earlier this year, Lt. Greg Bello of the Rochester police said in a news release.
The Democrat and Chronicle reported that some protesters were hit by projectiles as well as thousands marched through the streets of New York’s third-largest city. No information about injuries to protesters was provided by police.
“The Prude family and the Rochester community have been through great pain and anguish,” AG James said in a statement Saturday. She said the grand jury would be part of an “exhaustive investigation.”
Prude’s death after his brother had called seeking help for his erratic behavior in March has sparked protests since video of the encounter was made public Wednesday, with protesters demanding police accountability and legislation to change how authorities respond to mental health emergencies.
Prude, 41, was naked and handcuffed when he was held down by officers who responded to his brother’s call. Police body camera video shows the officers covering Prude’s head with a “spit hood” designed to protect police from bodily fluids, then pressing his face into the pavement for two minutes. Prude died a week later after he was taken off life support.
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The Monroe County medical examiner listed the manner of death as homicide caused by “complications of asphyxia in the setting of physical restraint.” The report cited excited delirium and acute intoxication by phencyclidine, or PCP, as contributing factors.
A police internal affairs investigation cleared the officers involved of any wrongdoing, concluding in April that their “actions and conduct displayed when dealing with Prude appear to be appropriate and consistent with their training.” The seven officers were suspended Thursday after Prude’s family released the video from the scene.
Mayor Lovely Warren thanked James for taking action in what she called “a trying time in Rochester.” Protesters have called on Warren and Police Chief La’Ron Singletary to step down over the delay in releasing details of Prude’s death.
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