Naked protesters arrive at Public Safety Building
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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Naked demonstrators arrived outside the Public Safety Building in downtown Rochester Monday morning.
The protesters were wearing nothing but spit hoods, a reference to the body cam video that was released last week of Daniel Prude.
The 41-year-old Black man was not breathing and had no pulse after officers restrained and handcuffed him. He died seven days later in the hospital after being taken off life support.The medical examiner ruled his death a homicide and says Prude died from complications of asphyxia due to physical restraint, excited delirium and PCP.
The demonstrators are pushing for greater police accountability measures across the state and are calling for state lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo to take up the following legislation:
- Daniel’s Law: The group demands that police should no longer respond to mental health calls. They call on the state legislature to work with Free the People ROC, the Prude family and mental health experts to develop legislation at the state level.
- Cariol’s Law: This is a proposal for legislation to have a mandatory statute on police bystander intervention, requiring on or off duty law enforcement to intervene in instances of abuse or misconduct. The law would provide protection from retaliation, require external investigation with mandated reprimanding for abuse or misconduct and create a required reportable registry.
- Ban of police use of force against peaceful protesters: The group claims that Rochester Police "shot at and administered chemical weapons against civilian protesters." The group is calling for a ban on the use of projectiles and chemical weapons on civilians across the state.
Rochester City Councilwoman Mary Lupien says it’s important to remember when there’s oppression anywhere, what happened to Prude could happen to anyone else.
"We are all mothers and daughters and fathers and brothers and we are all human beings and you know the police need to treat the community and communities of color with respect and dignity that they deserve," Lupien said.
The city councilwoman also said there will be a community discussion over Zoom from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday. The discussion will feature experts who are implementing this type of response in their own cities.
The second hour will be an in-depth Q and A for state lawmakers and government officials on the proposed legislation.
For full coverage on the death of Daniel Prude, click here.