A Rochester cop was hospitalized Tuesday night as officers also had bricks thrown at them — as the force released images of suspected “anarchists” they say are hellbent on destroying the upstate city.
The latest violence came on the seventh night of protests following Daniel Prude’s caught-on-camera fatal arrest, and just hours after Rochester Police Department’s “entire command staff” announced their retirement.
Some protesters scrawled “MURDERERS” on the street outside the Public Safety Building, while a large ‘RESIGN” message reflected ongoing calls to oust Mayor Lovely Warren amid accusations of a coverup over 41-year-old Prude’s death in March, according to the Democrat and Chronicle.
While Tuesday’s rally ended without the previous clashes that saw cops using pepper balls and tear gas, it did include militants throwing rocks at cops, the force tweeted late Tuesday.
An unidentified officer was also hospitalized as he arrested a man they said was “pointing a laser in the eyes of 7 uniformed Police Officers in an attempt to damage their eyes.”
The suspect fled when officers tried to arrest him for ignoring repeated calls to stop — and assaulted an officer who chased him.
The officer was taken to URMC hospital with a cut eye that was also being treated for a “potential additional injury,” cops said.
Kyle Bradley Davis, a 32-year-old Rochester native, was charged with second-degree assault on a police officer and attempted assault on one, both felonies, and resisting arrest, a misdemeanor, police said.
Police also released a series of videos and stills of suspects wanted for violence at earlier protests — including some throwing fireworks, setting fires and flinging Molotov cocktails at cops.
“While most citizens protest peacefully, this is what @RochesterNYPD is up against every night,” the force’s patrol section tweeted alongside a photo of a collection of protective clothing and spikes as homemade weapons.
“Anarchists from @Rochester and from out of town who are only here to destroy our community – armed with bullet proof vests, weapons, fireworks, & incendiary devices,” it added, with the hashtag #SomeRuinItForAll.
“This is not how to peacefully protest in any community.”
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