Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Officials in Rochester, N.Y., spent months trying to suppress video footage of the police encounter that led to Mr. Prude's death. "We certainly do not want people to misinterpret the officers' actions and conflate this incident with any recent killings of unarmed Black men by law enforcement nationally," a deputy Rochester police chief wrote in an email to his boss. His advice was clear: Don't release the body camera footage to the Prude family's lawyer. The police chief replied minutes later: "I totally agree."
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