Statement on the death of Daniel Prude

The Community Place of Greater Rochester and Charles Settlement House are saddened and sickened by news of the death of Daniel Prude.  The body-cam video showing Mr. Prude’s interaction with several members of the Rochester Police Department is shocking.  Investigations by police and the NYS Attorney General’s office continue but the medical examiner ruled his death was a homicide.  Black Lives Matter!

As a community and an entire country, we must dismantle the systemic racism that continues to exist today. Earlier this year our boards of directors at both organizations adopted a document that declared racism is a public health issue.  Community Place and Charles Settlement House will work with the residents of our neighborhoods to create lasting change that is long overdue.