scorecardRochester police charged one of their officers with excessive force and unprofessional conduct over the death of Daniel Prude
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Rochester police charged one of their officers with excessive force and unprofessional conduct over the death of Daniel Prude

Jake Epstein   

Rochester police charged one of their officers with excessive force and unprofessional conduct over the death of Daniel Prude
LifeInternational1 min read
  • Rochester Police Department charged one of their officers for his conduct in a March 2020 arrest.
  • Officer Mark Vaughn faces departmental charges for his involvement in the death of Daniel Prude.
  • A grand jury chose not to bring criminal charges against any of the officers.

Rochester Police Department charged one of its officers with excessive force and unprofessional conduct over the death of Daniel Prude, according to multiple reports.

Officer Mark Vaughn faces departmental charges for his involvement in the March 2020 arrest of Daniel Prude, a Black man, who was pinned to the ground by RPD officers and had a mesh hood placed over his head, Insider previously reported.

Video of the incident shows Vaughn using his hands to press Prude's face into the pavement. Prude lost consciousness and later died.

Vaughn's charges represent the first formal accusations to come after Prude's death, the New York Times reported on Friday, and any potential punishment will come after a future departmental hearing.

Prude's death and the body camera footage of the arrest fueled public outrage about police brutality and racism.

In February, New York Attorney General Letitia James announced that none of the officers who were at the Rochester scene associated with Prude's death will face criminal charges for their actions.

The seven officers involved in Prude's death - Vaughn, Troy Talladay, Paul Ricotta, Francisco Santiago, Andrew Specksgoor, Josiah Harris, and Sgt. Mark Magri - were suspended in September.

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