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Rochester officials intentionally delayed the release of Daniel Prude body cam video

September 16, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The city of Rochester, New York, released 325 pages of documents on Monday that show a concerted effort by police and city officials to delay the release of incriminating body camera footage in the death of Daniel Prude.

(CNN)The city of Rochester, New York, released 325 pages of internal emails, police reports and other documents on Monday that show a concerted effort by police and city officials to delay the release of incriminating body camera footage in the death of Daniel Prude, a Black man who died after police pinned him to the ground in March.

The documents also include other examples of possible attempts by police and city officials to control the narrative around Prude's death in custody.

A Prude family attorney's request for body camera footage set into motion an effort by city and police officials to slow-walk the release of the tape, which shows officers kneeling on and restraining Prude.

The documents show that, following that email, city attorneys spoke with Rochester police officials and also an attorney in New York's Attorney General's office in an effort to deny or delay the request.

The footage, released to the public two weeks ago, shows officers handcuff a naked Prude and cover his head with a "spit sock" after he claimed he had coronavirus and was spitting.

Last week, Prude's sister filed suit in federal court against Singletary, 13 other officers and the upstate New York city, claiming in part a department cover-up of the death.

In a June 3 email between Rochester Police Lt. Michael Perkowski and Rochester city attorney Stephanie Price, Perkowski said that an attorney at the AG's office "may be able to assist by allowing the plaintiff's attorney to view the Body Worn Camera footage without releasing it, to buy some more time before we have to release this. "

"At no point over the course of this investigation did any member of the Attorney General's Office instruct the city of Rochester or the Rochester Police Department to withhold information of any kind, period.

Two incident reports filed by police officers appear, in the documents released by the city, to have been edited with red pencil.

Rochester Police Union President Mike Mazzeo told CNN on Wednesday he doesn't know who penned the handwritten revisions on the police reports but said it's standard practice to make revisions to reports before they're finalized.

Further, the documents reveal an email exchange following Prude's death at Strong Memorial Hospital in which Lt. Perkowski sought to speak with the Medical Examiner's office prior to Prude's autopsy.

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