Rochester officials intentionally delayed the release of Daniel Prude body cam video
(CNN) The city of Rochester, New York, released 325 pages of internal emails, police reports and other documents on Monday that show a concerted effort by police and city officials to delay the release of incriminating body camera footage in the death of Daniel Prude , a Black man who died after police pinned him to the ground in March.
The documents also include other examples of possible attempts by police and city officials to control the narrative around Prude's death in custody.
A Prude family attorney's request for body camera footage set into motion an effort by city and police officials to slow-walk the release of the tape, which shows officers kneeling on and restraining Prude.
Elliot Shields, an attorney retained by Prude's brother, filed a Freedom of Information Law request for the footage on April 3. The footage was not released until August 12.
In an email sent May 28 -- three days after Minneapolis Police killed George Floyd -- Shields wrote to the city to say he had yet to receive any response.
The documents show that, following that email, city attorneys spoke with Rochester police officials and also an attorney in New York's Attorney General's office in an effort to deny or delay the request.
"I'm wondering if we shouldn't hold back on this for a little while considering what is going on around the country," one police official wrote in an email to a city attorney on June 4. Among those involved in the conversation include ...
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