Protesters marched in Rochester, New York, Thursday evening as many appeared unimpressed by the city’s mayor’s recent decision to suspend seven police officers involved in Daniel Prude’s asphyxiation.
Prude, 41, a black man, died after being taken off life support on March 30th. Just seven days earlier, at an encounter with Rochester police, a “spit hood” was placed over his head to keep him from spitting after he ran naked in the street. The police held him for about two minutes before he stopped breathing.
A medical examiner ruled his death as “complications of asphyxiation with physical restraint”. Delirium and acute poisoning from phencyclidine or PCP were listed as factors.
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Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren announced the suspensions at a press conference. His death had not received public attention until his family posted body camera footage on Wednesday. Warren said Prude “failed from the police department, our mental health system, our society, and he failed from me.”
Following their announcement, protesters denounced racism as they marched into Rochester Police Headquarters where officers in protective clothing stood while the crowd waved Black Lives Matter signs and flags, according to Rochester WHAM TV.
Officials doused some protesters with a chemical spray and fired an irritant after protesters approached the building and shook the surrounding metal fences. Several reports showed that pepper balls were fired by the police.
According to a video by WHAM reporter Tanner Jubenville, officials would use pepperballs on protesters all night long.
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The video later showed officials pushing protesters away from Rochester Police Headquarters towards an area below the I-490 flyover, which is south of the building.
Some protesters responded by throwing bottles and at least one person was arrested, according to a video.
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Police pushed protesters further south, and a crowd of about 70 people was later seen crossing Ford Street Bridge around 2 a.m., according to a video by WHEC reporter Andrew Hyman.
The Associated Press contributed to this report