Rochester New York will move crisis intervention out of the police force, Mayor Lovely Warren announced Sunday as protests raged over the death of a Black man with mental health issues while in police custody.
Prude suffocated in March after cops covered his head with a spit hood and restrained him. A video was released last week.
The city’s department of youth and recreation will take over crisis intervention services, Warren said in a press conference Sunday.
“We had a human being in a need of help, in need of compassion. In that moment we had an opportunity to protect him, to keep him warm, to bring him to safety, to begin the process of healing him and lifting him up,” Warren said, according to NBC News. “We have to own the fact that in the moment we did not do that.”