Naked demonstrators wearing spit hoods made an outline protest in Rochester Monday morning over the caught-on-camera fatal arrest of Daniel Prude, they said they were out to expose the truth as they lined up in front of Rochester’s Public Safety Building to continue their message.
This group was naked or near-naked with white hoods over their heads to reflect that Prude was naked at the time he was restrained by Rochester Police and that officers put a white “spit sock” over his head.
Their protest lasted 40 minutes, which is the length of the police video of Prude being restrained by police back in March.
This group of protesters said they were not an “affiliated group,” saying they are simply members of the community.
The group — some with “Black Lives Matter” written on their bodies — sat in silence after handing out a list of demands for Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state legislators, the Democrat and Chronicle said.
They called for a New York-wide policy to stop police responding to mental health calls — such as Prude’s — as well as banning police from using force against peaceful protesters.
Rochester police have fired pepper balls and tear gas at protesters who started taking to the streets last Wednesday following the release of video showing Prude getting repeatedly pressed to the ground while naked and in the spit hood.