Mayor Beautiful Warren introduced that Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan, who labored for the Rochester Police Division for 24 years earlier than her retirement in 2009, will take over as interim chief, efficient October 14.
Prude’s demise and police physique digicam footage of the deadly encounter prompted days of protests in Rochester and accusations of a cover-up.
Warren launched Herriott-Sullivan, a Rochester native, at a information convention Saturday.
“I’m assured that she’s going to carry a distinct perspective and instill a recent method to policing — each of that are very a lot wanted in our metropolis, significantly at this tough time,” Warren stated.
The mayor stated Herriott-Sullivan’s earlier expertise in a police division vital response crew that investigated regulation enforcement custody deaths “can be helpful to establishing wanted adjustments inside the RPD and reestablishing belief inside our group.”
Herriott-Sullivan joined the division in 1985 and final labored as government lieutenant within the workplace of the chief.
“Given all that has been taking place in our personal group and throughout the nation it’s abundantly clear that conventional policing practices have to be altered and improved to higher serve and shield our residents,” Warren stated.
Herriott-Sullivan is the interim deputy government director of the Rochester Housing Authority. She’s additionally deputy government director of the nonprofit Rise Up Rochester.
“I do know these are robust instances proper now however I consider strongly that if all of us carry our greatest prime the desk we will get it finished,” Herriott-Sullivan stated.
The mayor additionally appointed Capt. Gabriel Particular person as Deputy Police Chief and promoted Officer Moses Robinson to a task within the command workers.
Prude, 41, was having a psychological well being episode on March 23 when his brother referred to as the Rochester Police Division for assist, in accordance with his household.
After fielding numerous calls about Prude, together with one saying he could be suicidal, police discovered him bare on the street. An officer then handcuffed him, and Prude yelled that he had the coronavirus and spat of their route, police stated.
Video confirmed officers in the midst of a snowy moist road inserting the mesh protecting over his head.
A number of minutes later, EMTs arrived and commenced to carry out chest compressions, the video confirmed. He was then positioned on a gurney and into an ambulance.
When Prude arrived on the hospital, he was mind useless, in accordance with his household. He died per week later, on March 30.
His demise was dominated a murder by the Monroe County Medical Examiner. The post-mortem report cited issues of asphyxia within the setting of bodily restraint. It additionally cited excited delirium and acute PCP intoxication as causes of demise.
The Rochester Metropolis Council has approved an unbiased investigation, tasking a regulation agency with figuring out what occurred inside authorities businesses after Prude’s demise.
Town this month launched greater than 300 pages of inner communications, police reviews and different paperwork that confirmed a concerted effort by police and native officers to regulate the narrative round Prude’s demise in custody and delay the discharge of police physique digicam footage of his interplay with police.
New York Legal professional Basic Letitia James introduced earlier this month that she was empaneling a grand jury to analyze the demise.
CNN’s Sheena Jones contributed to his story.