9 protesters arrested over death of Daniel Prude
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Nine people were arrested during the protest Wednesday night over the death of Daniel Prude, a Black man who died while in the custody of the Rochester Police Department.
Prude was unarmed, naked and handcuffed during the incident back in March. His family says he was having a mental breakdown when police were called for help.
He died one week after Rochester police officers took him into custody. His death was ruled a homicide.
Prude’s family released the body cam footage showing what happened on the cold night back in March, sparking protests in the city. The footage shows that less than 10 minutes after he was handcuffed, he stopped breathing.
Wednesday night’s protest started at the Public Safety Building on Exchange Boulevard before protesters made their way to a memorial where Prude was arrested.
Rochester Police said the following people were arrested Wednesday at the Public Safety Building:
- India Maring, 20, — Criminal trespass in the third, resisting arrest
- Tarik Grandoit, 28, — Criminal trespass in the third
- Sofi Wolfanger, 21, — Criminal trespass in the third
- Iman Abid, 28, — Criminal trespass in the third
- Ashley Gantt, 34, — Criminal trespass in the third
- Taylor Howauth, 25, — Criminal trespass in the third, resisting arrest
- Breyana Clark, 21, — Criminal trespass in the third
- Stanley Martin, 27, — Criminal trespass in the third, resisting arrest
- Ryan Howe, 27, — Inciting a riot, resisting arrest
A woman who was arrested after disrupting the mayor’s news conference, questioned the haste to take her into custody over the officers involved in Prude’s death.
Protesters marched through the streets and came to a rest on Jefferson Avenue, sitting in the street. A host of speakers called for justice for Prude, calling out city leaders like Mayor Lovely Warren and the union that represents police officers.
As the night wore on, so did the rally. Protesters vowed not to leave until Warren came out to talk to them. While they left peaceably, protesters promised to be back again Thursday.