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Rochester City Council has issued subpoenas in connection with its independent investigation into the death of Daniel Prude.

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During a visit to Rochester’s Aenon Baptist Church on Sunday, New York State Attorney General Letitia James said her office will announce when it is investigating deaths of unarmed individuals after encounters with law enforcement. She also said her office will release police body camera footage of these incidents as soon as possible.

“I commit that we will notify the public,” said James, "when we arrive at a decision, to assert our jurisdiction in investigations of police officers involved deaths of unarmed civilians, to avoid the situation that occured here in Rochester.”

James Brown / WXXI News

Two elected officials have asked the U.S. Justice Department's Civil Rights Division to investigate police conduct during the Daniel Prude protests. 

Prude suffocated in Rochester Police custody in March and died a week later. 

Details about the incident were kept quiet until Prude's family came forward early this month. Police body camera footage shows Prude nude with a bag known as a spit shield on his head. Officers pinned him to the ground. 

The Rochester Police command staff met with City Council members and Mayor Lovely Warren via Zoom on Thursday about the ongoing unrest in the city. 

There have been daily protests about the alleged coverup of the death of Daniel Prude after police restrained him in March. Some of those demonstrations ended with police firing pepper balls and using gas to disperse crowds last weekend. The last few protests ended quietly and officers didn’t use force.

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The Rev. Lewis Stewart said Thursday that the Rev. Jesse Jackson is considering coming to Rochester next week. 

Stewart spoke with the national civil rights leader on Wednesday and other members of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition in recent days. He said Jackson has been closely watching the recent unrest in Rochester.