Two Rochester police were injured and eight were arrested early Friday morning after more than 200 protesters staged a protest demanding justice for Daniel Proud. Shortness of breath while in police custody – Descended into chaos, including arson, looting and robbery, according to a report.
Eight protesters – men and women between the ages of 24 and 60 – have been charged with disorderly conduct and violations, police captain Michael Gallary said. According to the Democrat and the Chronicle.
Two of them were charged with resisting arrest, one misdemeanor, and one charged with harassment.
The mob descended on the public security building, where some police officers were attacked with rocks and bottles, the news release said. The injured policemen were treated at a local hospital and released.
The scandal erupted after Mayor Lovely Warren said it was late Thursday Suspended all seven policemen The person involved in the Proud case did so “against the advice of counsel.”
Proud, 41, confronted police on March 23, naked and in agony, in a police body game video.
Officers – who are heard laughing through certain parts of the video – put the handcuffed brute and a clue mask over his head, while a policeman holds his head down until he stops moving. He was pronounced brain dead and died a week later.
During protests from Thursday night to Friday morning, state police in Rochester and riot rocks threw pepper balls as protesters pushed back in shorts, jeans and T-shirts – some defending themselves with umbrellas.
Police action has been criticized by at least one city council member as “unnecessarily aggressive,” according to Democrats and the Chronicle.
“It is clear that the City Council’s request for respectful, extended contact with protesters has not been heeded,” Mitch Grober said in a text message to a reporter.
“The RPD began to unnecessarily aggressive behavior towards peaceful protesters,” he said. “I look forward to hearing from the mayor and the mayor as to why our demands have not been met and how they will continue to properly address the protracted peaceful struggle.”
The city council wrote a letter to Warren on Thursday asking police to “treat these demonstrations with respect and to increase tensions.” We do not need any military organization to use pepper balls at a time when our community is incredibly sensitive. ”
In front of the Detention Center on Thursday night, protesters chanted “Black Lives Matter” and “What do we want? Justice. When do we need it? Now.”
Shortly before 10:30 p.m., as people retreated south toward Corn Hill, police began throwing pepper balls.
“You have no one without the badge!” Some shouted a little after 11:30 pm, and police began advancing with shields in an attempt to disperse the crowd.
But as the drum beats sounded louder the protesters resisted the challenge by locking their arms. “Say his name!” They chanted. “Daniel Pruitt!”
Meanwhile, several groups under the Black Lives Matter movement have called for the resignation of both Warren and Police Chief La’ron Singletari, saying they can no longer trust the two leaders. WHEC reported.