Rev. Lewis Stewart

The leader of the United Christian Leadership Ministry in Rochester is reacting to a grand jury’s decision not to indict the officers involved in the incident a year ago that led to the death of Daniel Prude.

Reverend Lewis Stewart said that, “Many of us are really angry about this because it shows the little value that some police officers place on human life.”

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Flanked by clergy and members of the United Christian Leadership Ministry, Rev. Lewis Stewart said Thursday that the community can’t afford to have Democrats fighting among themselves.

Two factions of the party have spent much of 2020 in conflict, over a series of issues including who should be the minority leader and who should run the Democratic side of the county Board of Elections. In August, several members formed a splinter group the Black and Asian Caucus. 

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The Rev. Lewis Stewart with the United Christian Leadership Ministries said on Wednesday that activists need to change their goals as they protest Daniel Prude's death.

Stewart spoke hours after police began dispersing protesters, who had been occupying outside of City Hall since Tuesday morning. Sixteen people were arrested. There have been daily, largely peaceful protests since news of Prude's death was made public two weeks ago. 

In March, Prude died after police restrained him during a mental health arrest. The medical examiner ruled it a homicide.