Protesters in Upstat, New York, took to the streets of Rochester late on Tuesday and vented their anger at the decision to not give their verdict to the Rochester soldiers involved in Daniel Prude’s death – one claiming that “the system did exactly what Was meant to do. “
Hundreds of protesters gathered on the street, where 41-year-old Prude died for several days in March after an encounter with police during a mental health episode, Democrat and Chronicle reported.
Activist Stanley Martin, a City Council candidate, was among the first to address those gathered in the City of Rochester and the Public Safety Building – the site of two weeks of demonstrations after the video was released in early September, including one on the nude Seven cops were shown laughing as Prude was handcuffed.
“White supremacy opposes white crematoriums,” Martin said. “[The system] Not for our defense. The system did exactly what it was meant to do. “
Martin said: “We keep going; We keep fighting; We continue to reincarnate what the future looks like. Future RPD is not included and I know that for a fact. “
Reportedly, Prude was surrounded by more than 100 protesters at the intersection by 7:30 pm on Tuesday evening. The group then marched up to the Public Safety Building and chanted at the Civic Center Plaza, where Monroe County Sheriff Office staff planted barricades that some later broke.
“You are illegally gathering and breaking police barricades on Exchange Blvd.” deputies tweeted “Please note or face arrest” shortly after 11 pm. Obey the officer. We are patient. Please reveal IMMEDIATELY. “
According to the Democrat and Chronicle, no arrests or skirmishes were reported with the officers, but the protesters reportedly vowed to return.
Lawyers for the seven policemen suspended over Prud’s death have said that officers were following his training and insisted on Prud’s use of PCP, stating that the root cause of his death was “who was the ruler of a murder.” During his encounter with police, the man was placed in a “spit hood”, kept on the sidewalk until he stopped breathing.
Rochester Police Chief Cynthia Heriot-Sullivan said officers would hold the results of the internal investigation pending.
Meanwhile, some activists protested on Tuesday, saying that the fight for justice in Prud’s death was over. The US Department of Justice plans to review the findings of Attorney General Letitia James, whose office is responsible for the investigation, According to a joint statement From its Civil Rights Division, FBI and US Attorney for the Western District of New York.
“I don’t think it’s over,” Rochester activist Mike Johnson said. “I don’t think this grand jury’s decision is final in seeking justice for the issue.”
With post wires