Today there was a non-violent demonstration at the local Wegmans grocery store marking the one–year anniversary of the death of Daniel Prude.
The conduct of the Rochester Police Dept. that led to the death of Daniel Prude was criminal. There has been worldwide coverage of the incident, and graphic video of the police bodycam of the arrest. He was naked, it was in the middle of the night, freezing cold and he was obviously mentally distraught and posed no danger to the officers.
Fast-forward to a somewhat similar situation involving a nine-year-old girl, several months later, but again in winter. The girl was distraught, defiant, and again there was graphic bodycam video of the scene.
One led to death, and the other subdued a young girl who was also having mental issues. Police in every city in the nation deal with a variety of emergency situations. In the case of the nine-year-old girl, I maintain that the majority of the problems were from her family and a history of mental illness and abuse at the hands of her mother and father. Could it have been dealt with without pepper spray? Perhaps. I invite your comments.