ROCHESTER, NY — Rochester Police say it has served an officer involved in Daniel Prude’s death with “departmental charges.”
According to a press release obtained by WHAM and Reuters, Officer Mark Vaughn was charged Thursday in connection with his role in the March 2020 incident, in which police held Prude naked and handcuffed on a city street until he stopped breathing. At this point, it is not clear what the “department expenses” are.
“The department fully supports Agent Vaughn’s right to a fair trial and to defend himself against the charges, which have no predetermined outcome. The department stated that a formal hearing would be held in the future.
Other officials involved in the case were not charged.
WHAM reports Prude was high in PCP when police discovered him naked. His brother had called for help, and Prude said that his sibling was experiencing a mental crisis. Prude, who was stopped by officers, lost consciousness and was taken into a hospital, where his death occurred days later.
Prude died from asphyxiation after his death.
After months of video footage of the incident, the death of the 41 year-old black man caused nighttime protests across New York. WHAM reports that Officer Vaughn was seen putting a spike socks over Prude’s head.
last February, a grand jury announced that it would not press charges against the officers involved in the incident.
The police station stated that it will continue reform efforts and take the necessary steps in order to maintain trust and transparency with its community.
According to the police, they have made significant improvements in their policies over the past 17 months. These include the creation of a crisis intervention team and training programs for new officers. The police also announced four new officer policies earlier in the year. They are called “duty to interfere, chokehold ban and mental hygiene detention” and “de-escalation.”
The department also stated that it is reviewing its force policies. These changes will take place this fall, after formal officer training.