Joe Prude’s attorney reacts to Singletary testimony

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The attorney for Daniel Prude’s brother Joe, says they have all seen the documents and exhibits that were presented during former RPD Chief La’Ron Singletary’s public deposition on Friday but the testimony helped fill in some blanks on the timeline of events the night of Daniel Prude’s encounter with police and the weeks and months that followed.

“I was pretty surprised, I’ve never before seen a public deposition, so this is unique,” said Don Thompson who represents Joe Prude as he watched the live stream of the deposition.

Joe Prude called 911 the night of Daniel Prude’s encounter with Rochester Police.

Thompson says Joe has never heard directly from the former RPD Chief or Mayor Lovely Warren about what happened that evening or in the days following Daniel’s death.

“I think it’s really important because he (Joe) was never briefed on and it was never disclosed to him what the Rochester Police response was and why they did what they did and when they knew whatever they knew. They just haven’t been forthcoming with him about that so, I think it’s very useful for him to be able to find out what their interaction was with his brother really from the horse’s mouth, basically,” Thompson said.

The testimony didn’t provide much new information but did help provide some details into who knew what, when and what was (or wasn’t) done about it.

Thompson said it also re-affirmed Joe Prude’s commitment to pushing for an overhaul of RPD’s policies for dealing with people in crisis.

“He said from the beginning that no other family should have to go through what we went through here, that there should be another option aside from calling the Police to address the situation like this so that’s been his overarching focus,” Thompson said.

Joe Prude is suing the City of Rochester for $75 million.