Rochester Police Department reported no arrests Sunday evening after protesters protesting the death of Daniel Prude entered the city’s public security building the day after demonstrations near numerous clashes between protesters and police.
“The Rochester Police Department would like to thank our local and state law enforcement partners for their support, and especially Dr. Myra Brown and a group of elders in the ward who kept the protest safe and heard everyone’s voice,” the department said after the Demonstration posted on social media on Sunday evening.
Police said Sunday evening that around 1,000 people came out on the fifth day of protests against Prude’s death by Rochester police.
The demonstration on Sunday came hours after Mayor Lovely Warren and city police chief La̵
In a new direction, police allowed protesters to march to the Public Safety Building (PSB), where the Rochester Police Department is located, on Sunday evening after barricading protesters about a quarter of a mile up the street, where protesters clash and police came.
Singletary said earlier Sunday that there is credible information that outside agitators are trying to destroy the PSB, but the country’s lawmaker Rachel Barnhart, who was injured in the Saturday night protests, told ABC News that the protests wouldn’t take place until Saturday became violent after protesters ran into police on the barricade and suggested that allowing protesters to march to the PSB would curb violence.
On Sunday evening, a group of church elders boarded buses near City Hall to go to the PSB to act as a buffer between protesters and police, which city officials hoped would keep the protests peaceful.
“Let’s work together to protect everyone!” Police tweeted on Sunday evening, not long before protesters entered the building.
Warren’s requests for peaceful demonstrations came after police used pepper spray and tear gas to disperse a crowd of over 1,200 on Saturday night. She stood by Singletary and the police, praising them for their restraint during the last few nights of protest, which authorities said included agitators from outside the state.
“People outside of the city like Alaska and Massachusetts have been arrested,” Singletary said.
The protests stem from the release of body cameras last week showing the March 23 incident involving police officers from Rochester and Prude, 41. Prude’s brother Joe called 911 for help and said Daniel had a mental emergency.
In the video, first reported by Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, officers approach Prude, who is naked, and Prude first follows the officers’ instructions. Then you see Prude screaming and spitting, which causes the officers to put a spit bag over his head.
The officers hold Prude to the floor while the bag is still on his head and he eventually becomes lifeless. Prude died in hospital a week later.
Seven Rochester officials were suspended for payment as the office of New York District Attorney Letitia James is investigating the incident, which is part of New York State Protocol when someone dies in police custody. On Saturday, James announced that they would set up a grand jury to investigate Prude’s death.
Protests that have taken place in the city since the news broadcast have been increasingly contentious between those involved and the police. Officers say they were hit by bottles and stones and had to use pepper spray, tear gas and other weapons to disperse the crowd during the demonstrations, including the one on Saturday night.
Authorities said three officers were treated for firework-related injuries and nine people were arrested on Saturday after some in the crowd apparently set off fireworks.
At the same time, Warren admitted that the department and the city should have done more to protect Prude.
“We have to have the fact that we didn’t do that at the moment,” she said.
The mayor announced that she had seen the body camera footage for the first time last month, but was unable to take direct action based on the Attorney General’s investigation. She defended Singletary and his previous actions in the investigation, saying that he did everything according to the book and did not obstruct or cover up the case.
“I have a wholehearted belief that RPD Chief Singletary can guide us through this time,” she said.
Meanwhile, Warren and Singletary said the city is already working to change the way the city responds to mental health emergency calls. The city will double the availability of mental health professionals and the police will review their measures to deal with such emergencies, according to the mayor and chiefs.
“Certain calls shouldn’t be handled by the police,” Singletary said.
ABC News’ Trevor Ault and Christopher Donato contributed to this report.