Officials in Rochester, N.Y., tried to withhold information about Daniel Prude’s death
The Law enforcement and other administrator in Rochester, N.Y worked for many months to withhold information about the death of Daniel Prude, a Black man whom police hooded and brooch to the ground in a graphic video that has drawn a national outcry, credentials show.
Prude’s family has accused establishment of a coverup amid growing fallout from the case, 1 of the latest to spark outrage over police treatment of Black Americans. Rochester Mayor Lovely A. Warren fired the city’s police chief Monday after an interior investigation completed that police commanders and city officials did not take Prude’s death critically enough and may have sought to deceive the public. Prude, who was detained by police March 23, died a week later. A medical inspector ruled his death a homicide caused by “complications of asphyxia in the setting of physical restraint.”
The credentials, which the city released Monday, capture repeated attempts by officials to prevent the full picture of Prude’s death from getting out, with authorities’ citing an ongoing analysis and privacy laws among their justifications , as they worried about a public backlash in a environment of growing scrutiny of police.