Protesters disperse from Jefferson Avenue |

Protesters disperse from Jefferson Avenue

Updated: September 02, 2020 11:37 PM
Created: September 02, 2020 10:59 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Protesters said earlier Wednesday night they would stay out on Jefferson Avenue until Mayor Lovely Warren talks to them, but as of 11:30 p.m., they appeared to be dispersing.

The protest began Wednesday afternoon at the Public Safety Building. It followed the announcement from Free the People Roc and Daniel Prude's family's lawyer that Prude died after he was arrested by Rochester Police Officers. His autopsy listed homicide as his cause of death. 

Protesters and police clashed a few times, with police pepper balling protesters.

It's the same spot where Prude was detained on March 23. He died one week later at Strong Memorial Hospital.

Protesters played music and set up a station for people to register to vote. There were also motivational speakers, including an organizer from Free the People Roc who questioned why she, and other protesters, were arrested Wednesday afternoon, before the officers in the Prude incident.

"[If] you have any type of influence or access, you need to be calling, you need to be emailing you need to be using all of that to figure out how we can get these people held accountable arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law because this is not okay," she said.

It's not clear how long the protest will continue. Earlier Wednesday, organizer Ashley Gantt said they were prepared for the protest to last through the night.

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office has said it will add extra patrols to ensure safety in surrounding areas of the county.

This is a developing story. Check back later for updates.

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