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Rochester cops clear Daniel Prude protesters from city hall

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Rochester police began dispersing demonstrators from City Hall Wednesday morning as protests over the suffocation death of Daniel Prude continued.

Protesters who gathered at the downtown building Tuesday had said that they would remain there until police officers involved in Prude’s detainment in March are arrested and fired.

A line of helmeted officers swept through the area around city hall at about 8 a.m. Dozens of chanting protesters remained on the scene hours later as police began setting down metal barricades near City Hall.

The city has been roiled by protests since police body camera videos were made public by Prude’s family earlier this month. The videos show Prude handcuffed and naked with a spit hood over his head as an officer pushes his face against the ground, while another officer presses a knee to his back. The officers held him down for about two minutes until he stopped breathing. He was taken off life support a week later.

Police commanders this summer urged city officials to hold off on publicly releasing the footage because they feared it could incite violence if it came out during nationwide protests over George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police.

Mayor Lovely Warren on Monday fired Police Chief La’Ron Singletary and suspended two top city officials without pay for 30 days amid continuing fallout from Prude’s death.
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