Police fired tear gas and pepper balls at the biggest protest so far in upstate New York over the death of Daniel Prude — with at least three cops injured and nine people arrested by early Sunday.
At least 1,500 protesters took to the streets of Rochester Saturday for the fourth night of protests since disturbing video emerged of 29-year-old Prude’s death in March that will now be investigated by a grand jury.
After marching on City Hall, protesters set off commercial-grade fireworks, with many putting on helmets and bringing a line of shields to stop advancing cops, police said.
“Officers remained steadfast while being hit with bottles and ordering the crowd to disperse,” the force said in a statement.
But after being met with repeated refusals to move, police eventually “deployed pepper balls and tear gas” at 10:26 p.m., the force said.
Three officers were “treated at local hospitals for injuries sustained as a result of projectiles and incendiary devices which were launched against them,” Lt. Greg Bello told the Democrat & Chronicle.
By early Sunday, there had also been at least nine arrests, including two on felonies, the paper said.
Dallas Williams-Smothers, 20, was charged with first-degree criminal possession of a weapon and second-degree rioting. Adam Green, 20, was charged with second-degree assault against an officer and unlawful assembly.
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