The city's department of youth and recreation will take over crisis intervention services, Warren said in a press conference Sunday. Warren did not provide specifics, but said the move would be part of a series of reforms planned for "the coming weeks, months and years".
'We had a human being in a need of help, in need of compassion.
'We have to own the fact that in the moment we did not do that'.
Police body camera video shows the officers covering Prude's head with a "spit hood" created to protect police from bodily fluids, then pressing his face into the pavement for two minutes. Prude, 41, was naked at the time of his arrest on the light-snowy day in March.
Prude died after the encounter.
"We didn't see a single police officer for hours", Barnhart said this morning.
As the chaos continued, videos emerged online purportedly showing some agitated protesters who called on residents not to document crimes should they occur.More news: Honor Watch GS and Honor Watch ES launched at IFA 2020
By early Sunday, around nine people were arrested from the ongoing protests and three police officers were reportedly injured.
Protests broke out in Rochester, NY this week over the death of Daniel Prude.
The demonstration - reportedly involving around 1,000 people - kicked off in Rochester, New York on Friday evening, with participants marching through residential areas towards the downtown.
Police eventually declared the peaceful protest an unlawful assembly.
She added that she had called on the "elders" of Rochester to act as a buffer between protesters and police Sunday night, acknowledging that clashes between them have intensified. According to her, the police department initially told her the cause of death was exclusively drug related.
"I applaud @NewYorkStateAG for taking swift, decisive action in empaneling a grand jury - justice delayed is justice denied and the people of NY deserve the truth", Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Twitter. "The mayor and RPD must stop these warfare tactics now".
New York's top prosecutor is taking the Daniel Prude case out of the local jurisdiction's hands and putting the decision of whether to bring charges squarely with the people.More news: Kristina Mladenovic unable to play US Open doubles after order to quarantine
In a short statement released on Saturday, Letitia James said her office would "move immediately" to set up the grand jury as part of its probe into the incident, which took place in Rochester, New York, in March.
"I felt complete safe until I confronted police", said Monroe County Legislator Rachel Barnhart, a former journalist turned local lawmaker who stood at the front of the crowd with other local politicians.
A medical examiner reported the death was a result of homicide as well as intoxication from PCP.
On Thursday, Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren ordered all seven officers involved suspended with pay.
Paramedics are called and Mr Prude is taken to hospital. They've also demanded police accountability and legislation to change how authorities respond to mental health emergencies.
When demonstrators approached the public safety building, they were met by police in riot gear standing behind metal barriers, the newspaper said.
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