Community town hall on alternative policing to be held Wednesday

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — There will be a virtual community town hall meeting on alternative policing on Wednesday where people will have an opportunity to voice their opinions.

The meeting will include both local and national professionals and start at 6 p.m. over Zoom and on Facebook Live.

This comes as the seventh night of demonstrations ended just after midnight Wednesday, and protesters are expected to be back out on the streets for another day of demonstrations.

Protesters continue to voice their thoughts not only about the death of Daniel Prude but also how Rochester’s leaders handled it and what should happen now.

During the protests on Tuesday night, demonstrators painted messages for Rochester City officials on the streets downtown. The word “resign” was painted in bright red letters right outside City Hall.

For protesters, it is not enough that Rochester Police Chief La’Ron Singletary announced he will be retiring at the end of September. Demonstrators continue to call for resignations from Mayor Lovely Warren, District Attorney Sandra Doorley and County Executive Adam Bello.

Despite the calls for her resignation, the mayor says she is committed to change.

Similar murals were also painted in front of the Public Safety Building and on Jefferson Avenue.

At the PSB, the word “murderers” was painted on the streets, and on Jefferson Avenue, the message “Black Lives Matter” was painted loud and clear.

According to Rochester Police, an officer is in the hospital after one man was arrested Thursday night. Police say he was arrested for assaulting an officer and resisting arrest. They say the man was pointing a laser in the eyes of several officers, and one officer suffered a cut and a potential injury to his eye during the arrest.

Protesters say they plan to demonstrate until Prude gets the justice he deserves.

City workers are painting over the messages Wednesday, starting at the PSB.

Wednesday night’s meeting is sponsored by Free The People Roc, the Police Accountability Board Alliance, Citizens Action of New York and the New York Civil Liberties Union.

For full coverage on the death of Daniel Prude, click here.