NY State Attorney General in Rochester, first visit since Prude death


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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (NewsNation Now) — New York State Attorney General Letitia James was in Rochester Sunday, the first visit to the city since news of Prude’s death became public earlier this month.

The attorney general’s office has been investigating the death of Daniel Prude since April.

James held a press conference at Aenon Missionary Baptist Church at 12:45 p.m. She met with members of the Prude family earlier and local civil rights groups Free the People ROC, and United Christian Leadership Ministry.

Prude, a 41-year-old Black man from Chicago, died after an encounter with Rochester police back in March, but news of the incident just came to light on September 2.

The autopsy report from the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the death of Prude a homicide. The report says Prude’s cause of death includes “complications of asphyxia in the setting of physical restraint.” It also showed that Prude also had a small amount of PCP in his system at the time of his death.

A federal civil lawsuit filed from the Prude family against the City of Rochester alleges there was an internal cover-up. Aside from Singletary, several other high-ranking members within the RPD’s command staff have also announced retirements.

Seven Rochester police officers have been suspended with pay in connection to the incident: Officers Mark Vaughn, Troy Taladay, Paul Ricotta, Francisco Santiago, Andrew Specksgoor, Josiah Harris, and Sgt. Michael Magri.

Protests have been ongoing in Rochester since the release of the police body cam video on September 2.

NewsNation affiliate WROC contributed to this report.

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