An angry mob of protesters took to the streets of Rochester Tuesday to mark the one-year anniversary of Daniel Prude’s arrest and eventual death — shutting down a Wegman’s supermarket and trapping customers and employees inside.
Chanting “no justice, no peace,” and “Black Lives Matter,” about 200 people marched through the upstate New York city, making their way down Main Street and to Wegman’s, forcing store officials to padlock the store at 11 a.m.
“We have a long walk today,” the demonstrators said, WHAM-TV reporter Michael Schwartz said on Twitter. “We’re shutting s&*! down.”
Footage posted on Twitter by WXXI-TV producer Max Schulte shows the marchers converging on the store.
As many as 100 people were briefly trapped inside, Daily Wire reported Tuesday.
The customers were cleared out shortly after noon, WHAM reported.
“We join the Prude family in calling for a day of action and remembrance on the one-year anniversary of Daniel Prude’s death by the RPD,” protest organizers Free the People ROC said in a Facebook post.
“Call out of work, walk out of class, and join us in the streets to demand justice for Daniel Prude!” the post said.
Prude, 41, was left brain-dead after being handcuffed and held to the ground by Rochester police officers on March 23, 2020.
Viral video of the encounter shows Prude, who is naked and in the midst of the mental health crisis held down on the street after police put a spit mask over his head.
He was pronounced dead one week later, with the city medical examiner declaring his death a homicide.
Last month, hundreds of protesters also took to the streets after a grand jury declined to indict the officers involved in Prude’s arrest and death.