Rochester, NY Mayor Fires Police Chief Following Death of Daniel Prude

There have been a few new developments in the case of Daniel Prude’s death while in police custody. Seven New York police officers involved were initially suspended with pay by Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren last week while the investigation is being conducted. The mayor has now executed her powers once more to immediately fire the department’s police chief just days after he announced he would be retiring on his own volition. Warren said her decision stemmed from the determination that Prude’s death, which was ruled a homicide by suffocation, “was not taken as seriously as it should have been.” Other top officials were suspended for 30 days without pay. The mayor has further requested a federal investigation into the incident. For now, a deputy has been named the temporary acting chief. Meanwhile, protests against police brutality continue across the country. In Pennsylvania, eight demonstrators were arrested yesterday following yet another death of a man by a police officer over the weekend.