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Mental Health Call to 911 Results in Death of Daniel Prude

Updated: Feb 25, 2021

All eyes are on Rochester, NY after police body cam footage shows the fatal interaction between officers and Daniel Prude.

A lot of people have questions about the night the 41-year old unarmed black man with mental illness was killed.

Here are the Top 5 Unanswered Questions from March 23

#5. Who do you protect? Who do you serve?

Officers Vaughn, Magri, Santiago, Harris, Specksgoor and Talladay are being accused of using excessive force during the mental health call on Jefferson Ave.

Prude complied with orders to lay down as RPD placed handcuffs on his naked body.

Officers joke about the situation, while he lay there cold and defenseless.

#4.  Why were the organizers of Free the People Roc arrested at the press conference exposing RPD's involvement in Daniel Prude's death?

Ashley Gannt, Iman Abid and Stanley Martin were released from police custody after a small group of protestors clashed with police at the Public Safety Building in downtown Rochester. Apparently, "being idiots" is not a crime that would hold up in court.

#3 Why didn't the EMT render aide upon arrival?

In the video you see the female EMT talking to the officers.

"It's not your fault, you had to keep yourself safe“

#2 Why do law enforcement respond to mental health calls instead of trained health care professionals?

Within seconds of arriving on the scene Officer Mark Vaughn pulls out his taser.

Is this how you deescalate a situation?

Chants to "Defund the Police" call for resources to be redirected to mental health and social workers who are more equipped to handle this type of call.

And the #1 question we have about March 23rd on Jefferson Ave is...

1. Why are we just now hearing about this??

Daniel Prude died on March 30 after being taken off life support.

The autopsy ruled Prude's death a homicide.

However the RPD Investigative Action Report says the actions of the officers involved "appear to be appropriate and consistent with training".

The video was released to the public by Prude‘s family attorney on September 2.

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