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    ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Rochester’s ex-police chief La’Ron Singletary will receive $75,000 from the City of Rochester after he sued the city for wrongful termination last year, alleging former Mayor Lovely Warren fired him for refusing to lie during an investigation into the death of Daniel Prude. The city said in a statement Sunday that it has also agreed to provide Singletary health benefits that he would have received through retirement had he not been fired, The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reported Sunday. In November 2020, Singletary agreed to retire from the department after Prude died from suffocation when he was restrained by police. But Warren announced that she had permanently relieved him and other city officials following a city council’s investigation into Prude’s death. According to the investigation’s findings, Singletary misled city officials about the case and both Warren and Singletary misled the public about Prude’s death. Singletary filed the lawsuit against the city in September 2021, stating he was forced out of his job because of the hostile work environment and alleging that he refused to lie in...
    College papers graded by Elon Musk while he was a University of Pennsylvania student in 1995 have sold for $7,753 in an auction on Thursday.  Before founding SpaceX and Tesla, and amassing a fortune of $277 billion that would make him the richest man in the world, Musk was a student and Teacher Assistant at UPenn's famous Wharton School of Business.   While pursuing his Economics and Physics degrees, Musk graded many papers, including those from the Management 231, 'Entrepreneurship: Implementation and Operations' class, taught by Professor Myles Bass. The papers belonged to Brian Thomas, one of Bass's students, who, as an inside joke had included 's--t hits the fan' when referring to the circumstances in which a company needed an 'exit strategy.' But Musk did not find the idiom appropriate, writing 'Graphic' over them, and deducting two points from Thomas' grade. That stands in marked contrast to the frequently-profane tweets the Tesla boss regularly sends.  'Foolish on my part,' Thomas told CNN about not realizing that Musk, not Bass, would be the one to grade the papers. While pursuing his Economics...
    ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren agreed to resign before her term ends as part of a deal to settle charges she violated campaign finance rules during her 2017 reelection campaign, news outlets reported. Warren was scheduled to go on trial Monday on felony charges she and two assistants took steps to evade contribution limits. Under the deal, Warren pleaded guilty to accepting campaign contributions that exceeded a 2013 law. Her resignation will be effective on Dec. 1. Warren was set to leave office in January after losing a Democratic primary earlier this year. Warren, campaign treasurer Albert Jones Jr. and Rosiland Brooks-Harris, the city’s finance director and treasurer of a pro-Warren political action committee, were charged with exceeding campaign finance limits by illegally moving money between her campaign committee and the PAC. Warren had denied any attempt to evade campaign finance rules, blamed errors on sloppy bookkeeping and referred to the investigation as a “political witch hunt.” The plea deal also covers the child endangerment charges against Warren, according to multiple news outlets. In July, Warren and...
    A Rochester, N.Y., police officer is facing departmental charges related to the death of Daniel Prude. The Rochester Police Department said in a press release Thursday that it determined “potential grounds for legal recourse” against Officer Mark Vaughn, according to a CBS affiliate in Albany. "The Department fully supports Officer Vaughn’s right to due process and to defend himself against the charges, of which no pre-determined outcome has been put in place. A formal hearing will be scheduled in the future,” read the press release, which was published by the news outlet. No other officers have been charged in the case. The Hill has reached out to the Rochester Police Department for comment.    Prude, a Black man, died in March last year a week after being detained for running naked through the streets. The case sparked national outrage after footage of the incident released the following September showed officers pinning him down and placing a “spit hood” over his head. Prude’s cause of death was determined to be “complications of asphyxia in the setting of physical restraint.” Police initially said he...
    The former Rochester police chief is suing the mayor and city for $1.5 million in damages, alleging his character was defamed and he was wrongfully removed from duty following the investigation into Daniel Prude’s death, local media announced. Former Police Chief La’Ron Singletary filed a 26-page civil lawsuit, seeking damages from Mayor Lovely A. Warren and the City of Rochester over alleged “defamation of character, the creation of a hostile work environment preventing his fulfilling the duties of chief of police and his wrongful and retaliatory termination,” in New York State Supreme Court on Tuesday. Mayor Warren allegedly asked Singletary “to withhold full and truthful information from the City Council investigation into the matter of Daniel Prude,” the lawsuit states. (RELATED: Officials Concealed Details About Daniel Prude’s Arrest, Death, Investigation Finds) Warren allegedly also asked the former police chief “to provide false information and to omit material information” to support “public narrative concerning her knowledge of the events in the matter,” the lawsuit says. Singletary repeatedly refused to lie on her behalf, according to the lawsuit. Former Rochester Police Chief La’Ron...
    The former police chief of Rochester, New York, is suing the mayor and the city for $1.5 million in damages, arguing his character was defamed and he was wrongfully terminated following the investigation into Daniel Prude’s death.   Former Rochester Police Chief La’Ron Singletary filed a 26-page civil lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court late Tuesday seeking damages from Mayor Lovely A. Warren and the City of Rochester over the alleged "defamation of character, the creation of a hostile work environment preventing his fulfilling the duties of chief of police and his wrongful and retaliatory termination" effective since September 2020.  This follows a notice of claim Singletary already filed in December, WROC reported.  ROCHESTER INVESTIGATION INTO DANIEL PRUDE'S DEATH FAULTS MAYOR AND OTHER CITY OFFICIALS FOR KEEPING IT A SECRET  On Sept. 7, 2020, Warren allegedly asked Singletary "to withhold full and truthful information from the City Council investigation into the matter of Daniel Prude," according to the lawsuit. The mayor asked the former police chief instead "to provide false information and to omit material information" to support Warren’s...
    The family of Daniel Prude, 41, who died in March 2020 after an encounter with police in Rochester, New York, say they believe the New York Attorney General Letitia James spent far less time investigating his death than on the probe into New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's sexual harassment claims.  Rochester Police initially described Prude's death as being from a drug overdose and it went mostly unnoticed. But nightly protests erupted after body camera video was released nearly six months later following pressure from Prude's family. Attorney General Letitia James, whose office took over the investigation, said her office had 'presented the strongest case possible' to the grand jury, but couldn't persuade it that the officers had committed a crime. The Prude family are now questioning whether James was as diligent with their case as she was with that of Cuomo for which her office released a 165-page report documenting sexual harassment allegations against him from 11 women. Cuomo has denied improper conduct.  Daniel Prude (pictured) died in March 2020, several days after police officers put a spit...
    DO you relish life or enjoy giving dressing downs? We told this week how Brits named ketchup top condiment at dinner time - with Mayo and BBQ sauce coming in second and third. 4What does your favourite condiment say about you - are you a prude, narcissist or romantic?Credit: Shutterstock 4 And 12 per cent even smear the red stuff on a Sunday roast according to pollsters Perspectus Global. Your pick of sauce can say a lot about your personality traits, says TV psychologist Emma Kenny. TV psychologist Emma Kenny tells Katy Docherty how your top ten favourite sauces can say a lot about your condimental state. 1. Ketchup — Easy going If you enjoy dipping or dolloping ketchup, then you tend to be a very accepting person with a busy social life. With a genuine lust for life, you like to grab opportunities with both hands and have a very likeable personality. You are known for being easy to please, and your smiley nature makes you a popular person. You believe that kindness – like ketchup – is an...
    People walk past sidewalk graffiti as demonstrators take up space in front of the Public Safety building after marching for Daniel Prude on September 06, 2020 in Rochester, New York. Responding to an urgent call from protesters to defund police departments and, in effect, reallocate a portion of police budgets to preventative and mental health services, Rochester, New York, is actually doing exactly that, the British online newspaper the Independent reported. And the move was in part prompted by a name less well-known than George Floyd’s. About two months before a Minneapolis cop kneeled on Floyd's neck for more than nine minutes in a deadly detainment, Daniel Prude was killed in a similar fashion in Rochester. Prude was naked, unarmed, and having a mental health crisis when Rochester police officers Mark Vaughn, Troy Taladay, and Francisco Santiago brutally apprehended him and placed him in a spit hood on March 23 in a detainment that ended with Prude’s death one week later. When Daniel Prude’s brother, Joe Prude, called the police for help and officers responded, they joked about Daniel Prude’s state, the racial justice...
    The family of Daniel Prude, who died after he stopped breathing while restrained by police, said Wednesday that footage from body-worn cameras is proof that officers committed a crime. Daniel’s brother, Joe Prude, said the videos are indisputable proof that the Rochester police committed a crime after a grand jury declined to recommend criminal charges against the officers involved, the Associated Press reported Thursday. Daniel died after officers pressed his head into the pavement and immobilized him after he ran from Joe’s home while under the influence of PCP. Daniel said “they’re trying to kill me,” body camera video shows, the AP reported. “And they ended up killing him,” Joe said, according to The AP. The family of Daniel Prude, visiting from Chicago and Florida, participate in a community celebration of life in Prude’s memory on September 10, 2020, in Rochester, New York. (Joshua Rashaad McFadden/Getty Images) Joe called the officers asking for help and when they restrained Daniel, he was handcuffed face down and wearing a “spit hood” over his head, The AP reported. Daniel vomited and stopped breathing...
    The Democratic mayor of Rochester, New York, lost her mayoral primary race Tuesday amid ongoing charges alleging campaign finance violations, Fox News reported. Mayor Lovely Warren was indicted in October for alleged campaign finance fraud, which she continues to deny, according to The Associated Press. After serving two terms as mayor since 2014, Warren lost the primary to Malik Evans, a councilman and school board member in the city, Fox News reported. Evans entered the race in January with the goal of restoring “trust and government transparency” to Rochester, Syracuse.com reported. He gave a victory speech saying Rochester is a step closer to being placed in the “upper echelon.” “Tonight is the true beginning of our journey together to put Rochester in the upper echelon of U.S. cities where it belongs,” Evans said. Yes! Malik Evans defeats Lovely Warren in Democratic primary for Rochester mayor @NYSUT #AFTvotes https://t.co/QU24v7KBFJ — Randi Weingarten (@rweingarten) June 23, 2021 Police raided the couple’s Woodman Park home in May after obtaining a warrant against her estranged husband, Timothy Granison, for allegedly trafficking cocaine, according to...
    The scandal-plagued Democratic mayor of Rochester, N.Y., who is facing felony campaign finance charges and is married to an alleged drug-trafficker, has lost her primary and won’t run as a third-party candidate, bringing an end to her tenure as head of the city after two terms. Mayor Lovely Warren failed to fend off a primary challenge from Rochester Councilman and school board member Malik Evans, who is now the frontrunner in the city’s upcoming general election in the heavily Democratic city. The outgoing mayor has also been indicted on campaign finance fraud charges, of which she has denied wrongdoing, and was heavily criticized over her handling of the police-involved death of Daniel Prude. ROCHESTER, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 06: Rochester Mayor Lovely A. Warren addresses members of the media during a press conference related to the ongoing protest in the city on September 06, 2020 in Rochester, New York. Daniel Prude died after being arrested on March 23, by Rochester police officers who had placed a "spit hood" over his head and pinned him to the ground while...
    Rep. Karen BassKaren Ruth BassBooker recalls police officer drawing gun on him, accusing him of stealing car McConnell signals concern over changes to qualified immunity in police reform 9 Republicans not named Trump who could run in 2024 MORE (D-Calif.) and Sen. Chris Van HollenChristopher (Chris) Van HollenDemocrats to introduce bill to prevent default recurring political donations Venezuelans in Florida need GOP support beyond temporary protected status Lobbying world MORE (D-Md.) on Friday previewed a revised version of their Community Based Response Act, which encourages municipalities and police departments to work with crisis prevention groups to divert police responses away from nonviolent emergency calls. During the virtual press call, Von Hollen said that "too often calls that come in through 911 do not require a use of force response, and yet, too often, they result in unnecessary escalation and unjust deaths." The bill was initially introduced in the waning days of the last session of Congress but failed to gain any traction.  It will be reintroduced next week in the Senate and the week after that in the House, Van Hollen...
    Loading the player... The husband of Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren pleaded not guilty to criminal drug and weapons charges Thursday, a day after a police search of the house he shares with the mayor. Timothy Granison appeared via video in Rochester City Court from the Monroe County jail, where he spent the night following his arrest on Wednesday. State police troopers spent several hours searching the home of Granison and Warren on Wednesday, saying it was part of a criminal investigation but disclosing no details at the time. Troopers closed off the block around Warren’s home with police tape and could be seen taking items from the residence, according to video recordings by journalists at the scene. Attorney John DeMarco, in entering not guilty pleas for Granison, asked that the charges be dismissed, saying they were not sufficiently presented, local media reported from the courtroom. Read More: Rochester mayor suspends officers seen pepper spraying 9-year-old girl State Troopers outside of Mayor Lovely Warren’s home. (Credit: WHAM 13) Judge Jacqueline Sisson, who came from nearby Canandaigua City Court to preside over the...
    The husband of Rochester, New York’s Democratic mayor will be arraigned on drug charges Thursday after police raided the home the day prior. Timothy Granison was arrested on Wednesday night in connection with a drug investigation, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reported. He previously served five years probation for a 1997 jewelry store robbery. Granison’s wife, Lovely Warren, served as mayor of Rochester since 2014. The husband of Mayor Lovely Warren, Timothy Granison, being escorted out of State Police barracks tonight in handcuffs. https://t.co/rD7fHfzono — Brett Davidsen (@whec_bdavidsen) May 20, 2021 Granison is facing two drug possession charges and one weapons charge. All three charges are felonies. Granison’s lawyer, John DeMarco, told the Democrat and Chronicle that he was “unclear at this point as to whether the execution of the search warrants and any items seized are in any manner supportive … of their allegations.” Warren issued a statement on the search through her communications office. “The Mayor is just learning about the events that unfolded this afternoon and has no more information than the rest of the community....
    THE husband of Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren is reportedly in custody and could face criminal charges after cops searched their home. New York state police arrived at the property at around 4:30 pm yesterday as part of an "ongoing investigation" and Timothy Granison was taken into custody. 5New York state police raided the home of Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren yesterdayCredit: AP 5The mayor's husband Timothy Granison may face criminal chargesCredit: WHEC Footage shows officers sealing off a block around the home and items were taken to police vehicles. It's not known why cops investigated the property. Warren, 43, is the homeowner and shares the property with her husband. Granison remains in custody at Monroe County jail and is awaiting to be arraigned on criminal charges, according to the Democrat and Chronicle. He pleaded guilty to second-degree robbery in 1997, then aged 18, and received five years probation. It's reported that he was the getaway driver during a jewelry robbery. 5Footage shows cops taking items from the propertyCredit: WHEC 5The block was cordoned off while police conducted their...
    State police troopers spent several hours searching the home of Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren on Wednesday, saying it was part of a criminal investigation but disclosing no details. Troopers closed off the block around Warren's home with police tape and could be seen taking items from the residence, according to video recordings by journalists at the scene. State Police Maj. Barry Chase said he could release no additional information about the presence of law enforcement at the home. Police arrived at the residence around 4:30 p.m. ET. NYPD INVESTIGATING HATE CRIME ATTACK ON ASIAN MAN WHO HAD FINGERS BITTEN, TOLD ‘GO BACK TO YOUR COUNTRY’ Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren speaks at a news conference on Sept. 3, 2020. (Associated Press) "It’s an ongoing investigation. We’ll have more for you as soon as we can," Chase said. A press release issued by the State Police said troopers were executing a search warrant. It did not say for whom the warrant was intended. Warren's husband also lives in the home. Warren was indicted in a campaign finance fraud case in...
    Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren's home was raided and her husband was taken into custody by state troopers Wednesday. New York State Police said the raid on the Democrat's home was in relation to an 'ongoing criminal investigation', and held Timothy Granison in custody Wednesday night. Warren, 43, is facing campaign finance charges relating to her 2017 run for a second term in office.  She has also been accused of lying to the public about the death of Daniel Prude, who was suffocated by police in 2020. Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren's home was raided Wednesday and her husband Timothy Granison was taken into custody New York State Police said the raid on the Democrat's Rochester home (pictured) was in relation to an 'ongoing criminal investigation', and held Timothy Granison in custody Wednesday night. Authorities carry bags out of the home. This is as close as I can get - focus is in the middle of this video. @News_8 https://t.co/xeMpXJvddo pic.twitter.com/rw94AnVGJs— Jack Watson (@JackWatsonTV) May 19, 2021 On Wednesday afternoon, a large police presence blocked off a section of Woodman Park...
    More On: rochester Grand-jury transcripts of Daniel Prude’s cop-related death released Protesters take to Rochester streets on Daniel Prude anniversary Rochester teens who lit man on fire now face murder charges Rochester teens charged with setting man on fire inside his own home A criminal investigation was conducted at the home of Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren Wednesday. Troopers executed a search warrant at the Democrat’s house as part of an “ongoing criminal investigation,” New York State Police said in a brief press release. No other information was provided by law enforcement officials. “The Mayor is just learning about the events that unfolded this afternoon and has no more information than the rest of the community,” Rochester’s City Communications Director Justin Roj said in a Wednesday night statement, according to multiple local outlets. “She hopes to learn more details this evening and will have a statement tomorrow.” Officials did not say why Lovely Warren’s house was investigated.Google Maps Warren, who is facing campaign finance fraud charges, is also accused of lying to the public about the 2020 death of...
    Loading the player... The grand jury in the case of 41-year-old Daniel Prude, a Black man who died in March 2020 while in police custody, voted overwhelmingly in favor of not charging the three officers involved. Daniel Prude arrest (Credit: screenshot) The New York Times reported that fifteen jurors voted against indicting the officers of the Rochester Police Department with criminally negligent homicide while five voted in favor. Read More: 2 wounded in Omaha mall shooting that sends shoppers running In a rare move, New York Attorney General Letitia James released transcripts of the grand jury proceedings on Friday, the first time in the history of the state that the details of a police-involved death case have been revealed publicly. National attention is currently focused on cases involving police officers killing Black men and James — who was disappointed by the jury’s February decision — reportedly petitioned a Monrow County Court judge to release the transcripts. Attorney General Letitia Jamess office has released the transcripts from the Daniel Prude grand jury proceeding. Links to the...
    Newly released grand jury transcripts shed more light on why police officers who restrained Daniel Prude avoided criminal charges in his death, but the city of Rochester and the officers could still be held accountable. Disciplinary charges are still possible against the officers, lawyers for Prude’s estate have filed a civil lawsuit and a federal civil rights action also is possible. And, significantly, more than a year after the death of the 41-year-old Black man, the case remains a rallying cry for police reform in the city by Lake Ontario, and beyond. “By no means is it over,” Mikey Johnson, an organizer with Save Rochester, said Saturday. “I’ve been in contact with people on a daily basis, and we at almost every protest invoke the name of Daniel Prude to remind everybody that he did not receive justice.” Attorney General Letitia James on Friday released grand jury transcripts in the case of Prude’s March 2020 death — a highly unusual step that detailed nine days of testimony from Prude’s brother, police officers, experts and other witnesses. James announced in...
    Prosecutors overseeing a grand jury investigation into the death of Daniel Prude last year in Rochester, New York, undercut the case for criminal charges with testimony from a medical expert who said three police officers who held Prude to the ground until he stopped breathing didn't do anything wrong. Dr. Gary Vilke told the grand jury that Prude, a 41-year-old Black man, died of a heart attack caused by the medical phenomenon known as excited delirium. He said the officers' actions, which included placing a hood over Prude's head, had no impact on his breathing, according to transcripts of the proceedings made public Friday. A medical examiner ruled Prude's death a homicide due to asphyxiation from a physical restraint, with use of the drug PCP as a factor. There is no universally accepted definition of excited delirium and researchers have said it's not well understood. Vilke, a University of California, San Diego professor who routinely testifies on behalf of police, said that restraining Prude during the encounter in the early hours of March 23, 2020, may have been best...
    Prosecutors overseeing a grand jury investigation into the death of Daniel Prude last year in Rochester, New York, undercut the case for criminal charges with testimony from a medical expert who said three police officers who held Prude to the ground until he stopped breathing didn’t do anything wrong. Dr. Gary Vilke told the grand jury that Prude, a 41-year-old Black man, died of a heart attack caused by the medical phenomenon known as excited delirium. He said the officers’ actions, which included placing a hood over Prude’s head, had no impact on his breathing, according to transcripts of the proceedings made public Friday. A medical examiner ruled Prude’s death a homicide due to asphyxiation from a physical restraint, with use of the drug PCP as a factor. There is no universally accepted definition of excited delirium and researchers have said it’s not well understood. Vilke, a University of California, San Diego professor who routinely testifies on behalf of police, said that restraining Prude during the encounter in the early hours of March 23, 2020 may have been best for...
    ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Prosecutors in grand jury probe of Daniel Prude death chose medical expert who testified police did nothing wrong. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    A grand jury investigating the police suffocation death of Daniel Prude last year in Rochester, New York, voted 15-5 not to indict the three officers who restrained him, according to transcripts of the proceedings released Friday. Prosecutors from the state attorney general’s office had asked the grand jury to consider a criminally negligent homicide charge for the officers, who were seen on body camera footage holding and pressing the 41-year-old Black man against the frigid pavement in March 2020 until he stopped breathing. Prosecutors sought no other charges, according to the transcripts, and told grand jurors that they had the option of choosing not to indict if they believed the officers' use of force was justified. Five jurors indicated they would have voted to indict at least one of the officers. "You are not an arm of the prosecution and you are to draw no conclusions about, quote, unquote, we think, feel or anything else," Jennifer Sommers, the deputy chief of Special Investigations, instructed the grand jury, according to the transcripts. "You are an independent body." In this March...
    Enlarge Image The grand jury transcripts over Daniel Prude’s police-involved suffocation death were released, a first in New York’s history, according to state AG Letitia James’ office. Rochester Police via Roth and Roth LLP via AP, File Grand-jury transcripts in the police-involved suffocation death of Daniel Prude were publicly released Friday — an unprecedented move in New York, officials said. The jury panel decided not to indict the Rochester police officers involved in the incident after hearing testimony and reviewing evidence over nine days spanning from October to February. Prude suffered a mental-health episode on March 23, 2020, and police body-camera footage showed seven responding cops laughing while Prude was naked and cuffed with a mesh bag over his head. The officers could also be seen pushing the 41-year-old black man’s head into the ground. The incident left Prude brain-dead for a week before he died. This is the first time in New York’s history that grand-jury proceedings in a case of a police-involved death have been released to the public, state Attorney General Letitia...
    Daniel Prude died last spring after police in Rochester, New York restrained him Newly released transcripts from the Daniel Prude case show that a grand jury voted 15-5 not to charge the three officers involved in his restraint of a criminally negligent homicide charge sought by prosecutors. Prude, 41, was the black man who died last spring after police in Rochester, New York restrained him as he was walking naked in the roadway, placing a a spit-hood over his head and pinning him to the pavement.  The names of witnesses and jurors were blacked out of the transcripts, which were released Friday, weeks after State Attorney General Letitia James secured a judge´s approval to make the usually secret material public.  'This nation has a long and painful history of injustice, and every day, we are working to create a fairer and more equal system,' said James, a Democrat. 'Our efforts to balance the scales of justice and ensure accountability can only go so far in the absence of transparency.'  'We took the unprecedented action of seeking to release the...
    CHICAGO -- Newly released transcripts show that a grand jury investigating the police suffocation death of Daniel Prude last year in Rochester, New York, voted 15-5 to clear the three officers involved in his restraint of a criminally negligent homicide charge sought by prosecutors.RELATED: Chicago man died while being restrained by police in Rochester, NYEMBED More News Videos Daniel Prude died in March in Rochester, New York, but details of his death are just being released. That was the only charge prosecutors from the state attorney general's office asked the grand jury to consider after nine days of testimony from witnesses including Prude's brother, other police officers and experts.ALSO SEE: Federal lawsuit alleges brutality by Rochester policeThe names of witnesses and jurors were blacked out of the transcripts, which were released Friday, weeks after State Attorney General Letitia James secured a judge's OK to make the usually secret material public.RELATED: Daniel Prude's daughter calls investigation into father's death in Rochester, New York a 'cover-up'EMBED More News VideosThe daughter of a Chicago man killed by police in upstate New York is...
    CHICAGO -- Newly released transcripts show that a grand jury investigating the police suffocation death of Daniel Prude last year in Rochester, New York, voted 15-5 to clear the three officers involved in his restraint of a criminally negligent homicide charge sought by prosecutors.RELATED: Chicago man died while being restrained by police in Rochester, NYEMBED More News Videos Daniel Prude died in March in Rochester, New York, but details of his death are just being released. That was the only charge prosecutors from the state attorney general's office asked the grand jury to consider after nine days of testimony from witnesses including Prude's brother, other police officers and experts.ALSO SEE: Federal lawsuit alleges brutality by Rochester policeThe names of witnesses and jurors were blacked out of the transcripts, which were released Friday, weeks after State Attorney General Letitia James secured a judge's OK to make the usually secret material public.RELATED: Daniel Prude's daughter calls investigation into father's death in Rochester, New York a 'cover-up'EMBED More News VideosThe daughter of a Chicago man killed by police in upstate New York is...
    ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Transcripts: Grand jury voted 15-5 to clear officers of negligent homicide charge in Daniel Prude death. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    (CNN)A class-action civil lawsuit filed in federal court on Monday accuses the Rochester, New York, Police Department (RPD) of racist practices and a "pattern and practice of using excessive force."The plaintiffs include individuals who claim they were subjected to excessive force and/or falsely arrested during protests over the death of Daniel Prude, who died in police custody in March 2020. They say officers responded with "the use of extreme violence and militarized police tactics," which included batons, tear gas, flash-bang grenades, armored vehicles and police dogs, the suit said.Lore McSpadden-Walker was with a group of protesters when they encountered police. McSpadden-Walker claimed to be subjected to excessive force and falsely arrested. Despite holding their hands in the air, McSpadden-Walker claims an officer "violently seized" them and "slammed their shoulder to the ground," the filing states.Another plaintiff, Reynaldo DeGuzman, a professional photojournalist, claims he was "subjected to excessive force" for "legally video recording and documenting the violent police response to peaceful protesters" during several protests in May and September. According to the lawsuit, an RPD officer "shot DeGuzman in the neck...
    A federal civil rights lawsuit was filed Monday against city and police officials in Rochester, New York, alleging decades of "inhumane" and racist police violence against demonstrators and residents. The lawsuit comes more than a year after Daniel Prude died in police custody, which led to national condemnation of police use of force in the city.  "Simply put, a stunning historical record spanning more than four decades demonstrates that the Rochester Police Department's use-of-force practices continue to be inhumane, racist, and antithetical to the functioning of a civilized society," the lawsuit states.  The lawsuit, filed by a group of lawyers, activists and people who attended protests in the city, alleges that police in Rochester routinely deploy excessive force against minorities, especially during protests, and that department and city officials have let such conduct go largely unpunished. The nearly 100-page document details more than 50 instances of alleged police abuse against people of color, for which the vast majority of officers were never formally disciplined. As an example of the pattern of alleged conduct, the lawsuit focuses heavily on the...
    ROCHESTER, New York -- A lawsuit filed Monday accuses Rochester officials of allowing a culture of police brutality against racial minorities to fester and asks a court to force reforms.The civil rights lawsuit was filed on behalf of potentially "hundreds, if not thousands" of people it claims have been victimized by officers over the last three years, including while protesting last year in the wake of the revelation of the death of Daniel Prude, a Black man who lost consciousness and died after being pinned, naked, to the street by officers responding to a mental health call.The suit, which asks for class status, describes a pattern of "deliberate indifference" by officials going back more than 40 years."The city needs to stop aiding in the discrimination, murder and abuse of Black and brown folks. There has been enough talk about reform, the time to take action is now," said plaintiff Winona Miller, 52, who said she was tightly handcuffed and kneed in the stomach while being arrested during a peaceful protest in front of City Hall in September. Charges of disorderly...
    A lawsuit filed on Monday accuses the Rochester Police Department (RPD) in New York of having a “pervasive problem of racism” and a culture that encourages violence. As The Wall Street Journal reported, the class-action lawsuit was filed on behalf of Rochester residents who reported injuries and unjust arrests last year during protests that followed the death of Daniel Prude.  The suit seeks financial damages, an injunction against racial biased policing and an independent monitor on Rochester's policing practices, according to the Journal. The plaintiffs in the suit pointed to statistics that showed police officers use force more often in communities with higher numbers of Black and Hispanic residents. City Communications Director Justin Roj told the Journal that Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren welcomed a review by the Department of Justice that seeks to address civil rights issues. Prude, who is Black, died in March of last year after an encounter with Rochester police who had been called for when he began experiencing a mental health crisis. Officers forced Prude onto the ground for several minutes while he was naked and handcuffed,...
    BLACK Lives Matter protesters blocked hundreds of shoppers inside a supermarket and jammed up roads for several hours during a demonstration marking the anniversary of Daniel Prude's death. The demonstration unfolded in Rochester, New York, on Tuesday afternoon as hundreds of BLM supporters rushed at a Wegmans store on East Avenue. 13The protesters blocked entrances to the store's parking lot, and began writing Prude's name and messages of support for the BLM movement in chalk on the ground outsideCredit: AP:Associated Press 13The demonstration unfolded in Rochester, New York, on Tuesday afternoon on the one year anniversary of Prude's deathCredit: AP:Associated Press 13On March 23, 2020, Prude, 41, was left brain dead and later died after police were called by his family to assist with a mental health episode, exacerbated by the drug PCPCredit: AFP or licensors The protesters blocked entrances to the store's parking lot, and began writing Prude's name and messages of support for the BLM movement in chalk on the ground outside. Staff at the Wegmans locked the store's front doors to prevent any of the protesters entering,...
    It's been one year since police in Rochester, New York, were called to help Daniel Prude as he was experiencing what his family called a mental health crisis. The officers' actions, however, ultimately led to his death, according to a medical examiner — and on Tuesday, what activists are calling "Daniel's Day," dozens in the city where the fatal encounter occurred are continuing their calls for justice.  Familiar cries of "no justice, no peace," echoed throughout the day's marches and rallies as people pleaded for the police involved in Prude's death to be held accountable.  Prude was a 41-year-old Black man from Chicago who was visiting his family in Rochester at the time of his death. His family had called the police on the night of March 23, 2020 to help Prude in the midst of a mental health crisis. Video of the incident shows Prude being handcuffed as he was lying naked on a snowy street. Prude starts yelling at the officers and, after managing to sit up, the officers could be seen fitting him with a "spit hood,"...
    Daniel Prude, 41, from Chicago, died after his March 23, 2020 arrest by Rochester police Black Lives Matter protests kept supermarket customers inside a Rochester store for around an hour on Tuesday, during a demonstration to mark the one-year anniversary of the death of a black man during arrest. The staff of Wegmans closed the doors, to prevent the protesters entering, leaving around 100 customers inside. Daniel Prude, 41, died after police were called by his family on March 23, 2020 for help with a mental health episode, exacerbated by the drug PCP. Prude's brother had called for help and police found him walking naked in the street. They put a spit hood over his head and pressed him into the street until he stopped breathing. On Tuesday demonstrators gathered in the New York city to mark the anniversary with a procession through the streets.  Joe Prude, Daniel Prude's brother, helped rally people, saying in a video message that the day should be a time of 'no school, no work.'  Protesters were blocked from entering a Wegmans store...
    Black Lives Matter protestors in Rochester, New York, forced a Wegmans store to close Tuesday by blocking entrances and trapping customers inside, according to ABC 13. Protestors blocked the entrance to the Wegman’s parking lot and used chalk to write messages advocating for the Black Lives Matter and Defund the Police movements, ABC 13 reported. Approximately 100 customers were trapped inside. Wegman’s later announced on Twitter all customers had left the store and that the location would remain closed. Our East Ave. store in Rochester, NY is currently closed due to protest activity taking place outside of the store. At this time, no customers remain in the store, and the doors will remain closed. Our number one priority is the safety of our employees and customers. — Wegmans Food Markets (@Wegmans) March 23, 2021 Protestors also marched down nearby streets, causing a bus terminal to shut down. Several passengers were forced to exit a bus that was ready to depart, the outlet reported. (RELATED: Officials Concealed Details About Daniel Prude’s Arrest, Death, Investigation Finds) The protestors marched to commemorate...