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Rochester, New York)WROCPolice officers have arrived at City Hall to disperse the protesters who have been at the scene since early Tuesday morning.
Via a loud speaker on Wednesday morning, the Rochester Police Department said failure to leave the area would lead to arrests, but that protesters remained at the site.
“We’re going to be here, and that won’t change anything,” said Ashley Gantt, organizer of Free the People and NYCLU. “We have the right to protest, and it is our tradition like protest blacks. What we are asking is something not unreasonable. If they manage to arrest 20 protesters, they can arrest officers Taladay, Von and Santiago.”
Since then, refugee protection police officers have surrounded the back of the municipality building and closed State Street.
The gathering began around 8:30 am on Tuesday outside the Public Safety Building. From there, the group marched to City Hall, where they said they would stay until the officers involved in the murder of Brod were fired, and until Mayor Lovely Warren resigned – among other demands.
Due to Tuesday’s protest, no one was able to reach City Hall, so city officials decided to close at 11 am. Officials say the staff left at that time without incident and “those who had gathered outside continued to express themselves peacefully.”
The protest organizers, Free the People ROC, said the demands are as follows:
- The dismissal of the seven officers, and their trial and conviction; sign
Vaughn, Troy Taladay, Francisco Santiago, Andrew Spexjor, Josiah Harris,
Sgt. Michael Magry, Paul Ricotta.
- Drop criminal charges against all protesters arrested or accused since May 30.
- Mayor Lovely Warren resigns, Deputy County Mayor James Smith
Attorney Sandra Durley.
- Mark Simons removed from the position of Interim Police Chief.
- Passing Daniel’s law that bars police from answering mental health calls. The
The state should ensure that trained mental health service providers respond to those present
She has a mental health crisis.
- Immediately end and ban the use of chemical weapons by the Refugee Protection Police.
- Reducing budget for RPDs and properly reallocating resources into community-led services
Public safety, education, poverty eradication and the root causes of violence.
- Termination of Rochester’s contract with the locust club. “
“We need to take action in light of Lovely Warren’s disregard for the demands of Daniel Prude’s family and community activists,” said Stanley Martin, organizer of Free the People ROC.
Martin criticized Warren’s choice of Mark Simmons as interim chief of police. she says Simmons shot a 13-year-old suicide bomber in Rochester in 2005.
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Daniel Broad’s brother, Joe Broad, arrived at City Hall around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to speak to the protesters.
“It goes back to the first press conference when I said it was a blatant cover-up,” said Joe. “I’m tired of every politician – they study beating in the bush. They didn’t hit around the bush when they killed my dreaded brother, and they owe my family the results.”
Daniel Broad has been protesting every day for 15 days in a row in Rochester – since the news of his death was announced on September 2.
On Monday, Mayor Lovely Warren A. A 323-page preliminary report on the death of Daniel Brod and the ensuing investigations. While this document was announced, the city council says it will conduct its own independent review of the matter.
The mayor also announced that Monday was Police Chief Laron Singletary’s last day in office. He announced his retirement last week and was supposed to hold office until September 29 to ensure a smooth transition of power. Deputy Commander Mark Simmons was later announced as interim chief of police for the next 30 days.
Further changes are at City Hall on Monday as Mayor Warren also announced that Rochester Communications Director Justin Rogge, and an advisor to City’s Corporation, has been suspended without pay On “Failure to Act, Report, and Follow Policies and Procedures”.
More | WATCH: Footage from the meeting between Daniel Broad and Rochester police officers before his death
Broad, a 41-year-old black man from Chicago, died after a confrontation with Rochester police in March, but news of the accident just surfaced on September 2, and now The case is investigated by the New York State Attorney’s Office.
Autopsy report from the Monroe County Medical Examiner Office Prod’s death ruled fatal. The report says that the cause of Brod’s death includes “complications of suffocation in physical self-control.” The report also showed that Prude also had a small amount of PCP in his system at the time of his death, which may explain his erratic behavior.
Federal civil lawsuit filed by the Broad family against the City of Rochester Allegedly, there was an internal cover-up. Aside from Singletary, several others High-ranking members of the People’s Protection Police Command have also announced their retirement.
More | Timeline of Daniel Broad: from the March meeting with the police to the current protests in Rochester
Seven Rochester police officers were suspended from duty with pay due to the accident: Officers Mark Vaughn, Troy Taladay, Paul Ricotta, Francesco Santiago, Andrew Spexjor, Josiah Harris, and Sgt. Michael Magry.
Protests have continued in Rochester since the news broke on September 2.
Check back in with News 8 WROC as we will keep updating this cutting edge story.
- PAB wants to be a part of Daniel Prude’s conversation: “This is what people voted for”
- Analysis of Rochester’s 323-page report of the Daniel Broad death investigation
- Mayor Warren: Singletary Chief Out, City Communications Director, attorney is pending, review is underway
- Lobian Barnhart asked the Justice Department to investigate the police response to the Rochester protests
- Protesters demand the resignation of the Attorney General on the 12th consecutive night of protests in Rochester
- Daniel Broad’s demonstration in Rochester, eleventh night in a row
- A Rochester man was accused of “laser attacking officers” during the Daniel Broad protest
- Daniel Prude’s family arrives in Rochester for a peaceful celebration of life’s event
- Joe Brod talks about his brother: “There won’t be another Daniel.”
- Rochester City Council questions Mayor Warren, Chief of Police Singletary, and Refugee Protection Police officers over the response to the protest
- Rochester Police Syndicate Chairman Mike Matzio denied seeing the Daniel Broad video in April
- Rep. Morrell: Mayor Warren, other leaders have to ask themselves if they can still be a positive force.
- Free the People ROC hosts a town hall on policing and sanitation
- City councilor said Mayor Warren told her that Broad’s death was an overdose after the mayor saw a video
- Rochester city officials say Police Syndicate Chairman Mike Matzio received a video of Daniel Broad in April
- Lovely Mayor Warren, Rochester Police Syndicate chief calls for each other to resign
- Police use of spit caps was examined after the death of Daniel Brod in Rochester
- Depot police say Daniel Broad was asked to leave the Amtrak train on March 22, the day before the police were confronted
- Rochester Police Syndicate: The President’s office said, “No worries about actions,” officers at the Daniel Broadway Theater
- Mental health experts: Brod needs help, not the police
- Eight arrested and two officers wounded, pepper spray was sprayed during Daniel Broad’s protest in Rochester
- Mayor Lovely Warren: The head of the RPD told me that Daniel Broad died of a drug overdose
- Daniel Broad’s brother: He had no history of mental health problems
- Governor Cuomo on the death of Daniel Broad: “What I saw was extremely disturbing and I ask for answers”
- 7 Rochester police officers involved in the death of Daniel Broad are suspended for pay
- Daniel Broad, the black man shot by Rochester police, is remembered as a lover
- Civil rights groups in Rochester are calling for the shooting and trial of the officers involved in the death of Daniel Broad
- Protests in Rochester after a body camera video of Daniel Broad’s death
- Daniel Broad’s family demands justice for the cold-blooded murder
- Protest sparks in Rochester after news of Daniel Broad’s death
- Autopsy report: Daniel Broad’s death was ruled by murder, and he died from suffocation due to ‘physical restraint’
- 9 were arrested in Rochester while protesting the Public Safety Building, over the death of Daniel Broad
- WATCH: Footage from the meeting between Daniel Broad and Rochester police officers before his death
- Daniel Brod’s death, police encounter captured with body camera, ignited NY AG investigations, and protests in Rochester