7 Police Officers Linked to Choking Death of Black Man in Rochester Suspended
Seven Rochester Policemen were suspended this Thursday for the choking death of a black man last March.
The alcaldesa Lovely Warren announced the suspension of the uniformed one day after the video was released in which Daniel Prude loses consciousness in police custody.
In the images, the agents can be seen placing a hood the 41 year old manwho was reported by his brother after he went out on the street naked in a clear situation of mental health problems.
“I suspend the police officers in question against what recommended by the city councilI urge the Attorney General to end her investigation,” Warren said. “I understand that the police union will sue the city for that, that they feel free to do so, I’ve been sued before”.
The Prude’s death was ruled a homicide by suffocation due to violent restraint. In the published videos, it is also observed when agents press their head and back against the ground for several seconds.
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Activists and elected officials demanded justice for Prude. Some want the investigation to be treated as murder.
The New York State Attorney Letitia James said she’s not convinced Prude was a threat to cops.