Family calls for Rochester police to be charged after Black man dies during mental health emergency while in custody

first_imgkali9/iStockBy IVAN PEREIRA, ABC NewsThe family of a Black man who died after Rochester, New York, police arrested him during a mental health emergency earlier this year is calling for charges after body camera footage showed officers pinning Daniel Prude on the ground and placing a bag over his head before he lost consciousness.Officers responded to a 911 call made by Prude’s family on March 23 after they said he was going through a mental health issue. The body camera footage first obtained by the Democrat and Chronicle on Wednesday showed several officers approach Prude, 41, who was naked and kneeling on the cold street.Prude appears in the video to comply with the officers’ orders and questions as they placed him in handcuffs. He began to shout and spit at the officers who then placed a spit bag over his head, the video showed.Three officers are then seen pushing Prude into the ground and pinning him while he continues to shout and spit and eventually vomit, according to the video and police report. Prude appears to go lifeless minutes later.An ambulance is later seen arriving and a paramedic attempts to do CPR before Prude is put on a stretcher and driven away. Prude died a week later and the Monroe County medical examiner declared his death a homicide due to “complications of asphyxia,” according to the preliminary autopsy report.Joe Prude, Daniel’s brother, called the incident “a full-fledged, ongoing cold-blooded murder,” during a news conference Wednesday and called for the officers to be charged for his death.“I placed a phone call for my brother to get help, not for my brother to get lynched,” he said.Joe Prude said that his brother was visiting from Chicago and was going through a mental health crisis. The police report said Joe Prude told officers his brother “was using drugs and was suicidal.”Joe Prude said he admitted his brother to a hospital for help hours before the incident, but Daniel Prude was released after a short time. Joe Prude added he told officers that his brother was not a threat to anyone but himself and asked them not to kill him.“They knew the mental distress he was in,” he told reporters.During an earlier news conference, Rochester Police Chief La’Ron Singletary said Wednesday that the officers involved in the incident have not been suspended and denied allegations that his office was trying to cover it up.“We took the investigation seriously since day one,” Singletary told reporters. “When the incident occurred on March 23 around 3 a.m. on Jefferson Avenue, that morning I ordered a criminal investigation and internal investigation.”He said the investigation was transferred to the state attorney general’s office, which is the protocol in New York anytime a person is killed while in custody.Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren called the video “disturbing” and said they are still waiting for Attorney General Letitia James’ office to give a report.“I know they are working on it and I know that our law and police department have been working with them to move this along,” Warren said at the news conference.James said in a statement that her office is actively investigating the incident.“As with every investigation, we will follow the facts of this case and ensure a complete and thorough examination of all relevant parties. We will work tirelessly to provide the transparency and accountability that all our communities deserve,” she said in the statement.Protesters demanded justice outside the Rochester police station Wednesday for Daniel Prude, who was killed two months before George Floyd died similarly during a filmed arrest in Minneapolis.“Who do you serve, who do you protect?” the protesters shouted at the police.Elliot Shields, the attorney representing the Prude family, said they intend to sue “everyone responsible for Daniel’s death.”“I watched the video with them and it was one of the most difficult experiences of my life watching the family react to seeing their brother and son murdered by RPD while other officers, paramedics and EMTs and no one granted him any basic humanity,” he said at a news conference.ABC News’ Rachel Katz and Cheryl Gendron contributed to this report.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Huge Goodyear development includes city hall, library, park, office space

first_imgThe city of Goodyear is taking the first steps to build a first-of-its-kind project. This week, the Goodyear City Council approved a letter of intent to enter into a public-private partnership with Globe Corporation to begin the project which is expected to be completed by mid-2022. Goodyear Civic Square at Estrella Falls is a long-awaited project that will serve as a highly-desirable community gathering spot for events such as festivals, concerts, and parades – creating a true sense of community. It will also create the daytime density needed to spur future development including new restaurants, retail and entertainment.“Goodyear has envisioned a city hall project like this for decades,” said Mayor Georgia Lord. “Our current city hall, which requires future funding for reinvestment and expansion, was meant to be temporary. As Goodyear grows faster than ever before, now is the time to invest in our city’s future through this much-needed project.”Civic Square will be located north of McDowell Road and west of Harkins Theater near 150th Drive. Plans include several amenities including a city hall, library, two-acre park/gathering place, and upscale Class A office space. “This is an important milestone for the city’s future growth,” said Lori Gary, Goodyear’s Economic Development Director. “Class A office space is lacking in the West Valley limiting our ability to vie for these desirable office projects. Goodyear will now be able to compete to attract high-end office users, which will bring even more high-quality jobs to the area.” Globe Corporation owns 47 acres where the new Civic Square will be built. They are donating some of the land to Goodyear for this project.“We’re excited to enter into this public-private partnership with Goodyear,” said Mike Olsen, Globe Corporation Chief Financial Officer. “We know the Goodyear community has been asking for this type of mixed-use space for years and we’re confident this project will be the catalyst to activate the area to bring in new office, residential, restaurants and other retail options.” Civic Square is in its early conceptual phase. More details, as this project moves forward, will be available this summer.  To view the council presentation, click this link: http://goodyear.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=8&clip_id=3135last_img read more

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Former FIFA Vice President Jack Warner Tests Positive for COVID-19

first_imgThe embattled former vice president of the International Football Federation (FIFA), Austin Jack Warner has been hospitalised on Friday after he had tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Trinidad.Warner, 77, a former senior government minister, who had failed to win a seat in the August 10 general election, had in a statement posted on his Facebook page, confirmed that he had tested positive for the virus.“Mr Warner has tested positive for COVID-19 and is, in fact, being treated. He wishes to advise all, that he is alive and in good spirits, as always,” the statement said.Warner, who is facing extradition to the United States on fraud charges related to his tenure as a senior global official, is the second former government minister here to test positive for COVID. His former colleague, Dr. Tim Gopeesingh was recently released from a state health institution.Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health in its latest bulletin on Thursday night reported that an elderly male with co-morbidities had died bringing the number of COVID-19 related deaths to 29.It said there had been 43 additional people testing positive based on samples taken from August 28 to September 2. The new figure, 1, 984, is not representative of the positive cases over the last 24 hours. The total number of active cases now stands at 1,255.The ministry said 1,090 patients are in home isolation and being monitored by the County Medical Officer of Health offices.CMClast_img read more

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The mysterious message of the injured Arthur + PHOTO

first_imgJuventus’ new midfielder Arthur sent a mysterious message on social media.The carioca, who will finish the season in Barcelona, ​​published a photo in which he juggles a ball in the garden. His words below the photo are quite interesting: “A passion you can’t take away from me.”In Spain, they believe the message is against Blaugranas coach Kike Setien and management. The specialist anchored Arthur on the bench in the last matches of the season. Apparently, the Brazilian is not very happy with the fact that the bosses put him on the stall, pressing him for a transfer. The footballer said “yes”, but he pulled away for a long time and wanted to stay at the Nou Camp stadium.The Catalans will receive 72 million euros from Juventus, and another 10 million euros are pledged in the form of bonuses. After the deal was finalized, Arthur became a “hard bench”, and his last participation for Barça was in the 2: 2 draw with Celta in Vigo, when he played … 4 minutes.last_img read more

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Teen camp staffer in Colorado said he woke to a bear biting his head

first_img Related ABC News(DENVER) — A teen staffer at camp in Colorado said he was woken up on Sunday morning by the jaws of a bear.The staffer, identified only as Dylan, told ABC affiliate KMGH-TV in Denver, he heard “crunching” sounds and that the bear tried to pull him out of his sleeping bag.“The crunching noise, I guess, was the teeth scraping against the skull as it dug in,” Dylan said, “When it was dragging me, that was the slowest part. It felt like it went on forever.”The bear eventually stopped the apparent attack, the teen said, and left on his own.Jennifer Churchill, a spokeswoman for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, described the attack as uncommon black bear behavior, but said that the animal must now be removed.“It is a dangerous bear, and so we can’t tolerate animals like that,” she told KMGH.Dylan, who teaches wildlife survival at the Christian camp site located at Glacier View Ranch, was treated with nine staples in his head and has been released from the hospital.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

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