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A Rochester officer faces charges in the death of Daniel Prude

An officer involved in suffocating Daniel Prude will be disciplined by the department. he New York Times reported recently that the Rochester Police Department announced charges against officer Mark

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An officer involved in suffocating Daniel Prude will be disciplined by the department.

The New York Times reported recently that the Rochester Police Department announced charges against officer Mark Vaughn on Thursday (Sept. 23). The charges mark the first time any charges against a cop have been brought against a cop associated with Prude’s death. The Department believes that Officer Vaughn has the right to due process and to defend himself against the charges, since no predetermined outcome has yet been determined, the report said. There will be a formal hearing at a later date.

Prude, who was allegedly running naked through the streets screaming that he had COVID-19, was the subject of a 911 call made last March, and Vaughn and other officers responded to the scene. In order to prevent him from spitting at them, the officers placed a spit hood over his head once he was confronted.

When Prude became unconscious, he was pinned to the ground. He was taken off life support a week later after being resuscitated. According to Vaughn’s body camera footage, his feet were on the ground as he leaning on Prude’s head. A spokesperson from the outlet stated that the officer remained in that position for over a minute.

The officers involved in Prude’s death were suspended last year for their roles in it. A grand jury rejected the indictment of any of the police officers back in February because there was insufficient evidence for a conviction.

According to the wrongful death lawsuit, Prude’s children have accused the city of civil rights violations and wrongful death. With his arrest and the “attempted cover-up” by the police, they believe the city and the officers violated their father’s civil rights.

“My father was a good dad despite living a hard life. As his oldest child, Nathaniel McFarland said, “He always showed that he loved us and was always there for us,” Prude’s son said. “While we are deeply saddened by his death, this case has given us hope for the future.”

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