Rochester mayor suspends all police officers involved in the death of Daniel Prude


The mayor of Rochester suspended all of the officers involved the death of a Black man in March one day after the family released shocking police bodycam footage of his arrest, and five months after he was taken off of life support.

Mayor Lovely Warren told reporters Thursday that she first saw the video of the arrest that led to 41-year-old Daniel Prude’s death on Aug. 4, and has told the city’s police chief to alert her to all in-custody deaths or use-of-force incident within 24 hours.Advertisement

“I have never shied away from taking action and holding our police — or anyone that fails in their duties in our community — accountable,” Warren said Thursday during a press conference. “That is why I am suspending the officers in question today, against the advice of counsel.”

Warren said on Wednesday that state law prevented city officials from telling the community about Prude’s arrest and his death, according to the Democrat & Chronicle.

Gov. Cuomo said Wednesday he issued an executive order in July that allowed Attorney General Letitia James to investigate the death. Yet that order — which transfers an investigation into the death of unarmed person in police custody from local authorities to the state — does not say local authorities are prohibited from notifying the press and the public about the matter.

“Had it been, then for me, this would be something we would have talked about months ago. Unfortunately I can’t because of what my law department is telling me I have to adhere to, and that’s the executive order and the attorney general’s investigation.”