Council Passes Resolution Urging City to Take Immediate Disciplinary Action Against Officers Involved in Daniel Prude Matter

Police Chief Herriott-Sullivan has responded to Rochester City Council’s resolution urging the City Administration to take immediate disciplinary action against the RPD officers involved in the death of Daniel Prude. 

The Chief stated that RPD’s internal investigation into the Prude matter should be completed and that departmental charges, if any, would be filed in April.  Chief Herriott-Sullivan also stated that she will be mandated to follow Civil Service rules regarding policies and procedures that are in place under the current collective bargaining agreement, with respect to the discipline of the involved officers. 

The resolution was drafted by Council in the wake of the Attorney General Office’s failure to indict any of the implicated officers. Eight of the nine current Councilmembers supported and signed the resolution, including Council President Loretta Scott, Vice President Willie Lightfoot, and Councilmembers Malik Evans, Mitch Gruber, LaShay Harris, Mary Lupien, Miguel Meléndez and Michael Patterson. 

The resolution was adopted at the March 16th Council meeting.  Resolution 2021-10 states that the Council believes city residents have a right to see a conclusion to the matter and to see justice served, and further demands that the Administration and the Police Chief move forward immediately and expeditiously with disciplinary action against the officers involved in the Prude incident. 

The resolution goes on to state the Council recommends that termination of the officers be considered.