DANIEL PRUDE: Black Lives Matter mural painted on Rochester street where cops put 'spit hood' on Black man

David Caplan
September 08, 2020 - 10:20 pm

In this image taken from police body camera video provided by Roth and Roth LLP, a Rochester police officer puts a hood over the head of Daniel Prude, on March 23, 2020, in Rochester, N.Y. Video of Prude, a Black man who had run naked through the streets of the western New York city, died of asphyxiation after a group of police officers put a hood over his head, then pressed his face into the pavement for two minutes, according to video and records released Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, by his family. Prude died March 30 after he was taken off life support, seven days after the encounter with police in Rochester. (Rochester Police via Roth and Roth LLP via AP)


NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Protesters on Tuesday night took to the streets of Rochester's Jefferson Avenue -- where a "spit hood" was placed over Daniel Prude's head by police officers on March 23 -- to paint "Black Lives Matter" in massive yellow letters, something that has become a common sight in cities across the country. 

Protesters also marched to the Public Safety Building, which houses the Rochester Police Department. Those who took to the streets danced and sang, while expressing their demand for justice in Prude's death.

Earlier in the day, Police Chief La’Ron Singletary, Deputy Chief Joseph M. Morabito and two commanders retired, while two more deputy chiefs and a commander gave up top leadership positions and returned to lower ranks.

It comes more than five months after Prude, a Black man, died several after police had put a "spit hood" on him. His family has filed a federal lawsuit alleging a cover-up by law enforcement.