New York City

Rochester police killing sparks outrage and Trump threatens New York City

Rounding up the week’s political news.

Protestors stand in clouds of chemical irritants deployed by the police in Rochester, NY after the death of Daniel Prude at the hands of the Rochester police.

Protestors stand in clouds of chemical irritants deployed by the police in Rochester, NY after the death of Daniel Prude at the hands of the Rochester police. Adrian Kraus/AP/Shutterstock

As if there’s not enough already happening this year, 2020 took another unexpected turn. In a sequel to the Rachel Dolezal story, another white woman admitted that she had pretended to be Black for much of her adult life after having built an academic career influenced by that false identity. And there’s a local political angle to the shocking twist. It turns out that the woman, Jessica Krug, testified about police misconduct at a New York City Council hearing in June. Ironically, she admonished white New Yorkers for not yielding their time to Black and Indigenous New Yorkers while pretending to be Black herself. 2020 just never quits. Keep reading for the rest of this week’s news.

Police killing in Rochester sparks outrage

Another instance of a civilian death in police custody emerged in Rochester after the family of the victim released body camera footage of the deadly encounter. Daniel Prude, a 41-year-old Black man, died on March 30 of asphyxiation, two months before the police killing of George Floyd, whose death shares similarities with this case and sparked nationwide protests. Prude’s death came seven days after a police encounter that left him brain-dead and on life support. On March 23, Prude had been experiencing a mental health crisis, which prompted his brother to call 911 for help. The police officers who responded placed a bag over Prude’s head in an apparent attempt to prevent him from spitting on them. As Prude struggled, an officer pushed his head against the pavement while another kneeled on his back. After several minutes, Prude stopped moving and paramedics were called to perform CPR before he was taken away in an ambulance. Both the Rochester Police Department and the state attorney general’s office are investigating the death. The seven officers involved in Prude’s death remain on the force, but have been suspended after the case gained widespread attention.

Trump threatens the Big Apple

President Donald Trump has once again taken aim at New York City, his birthplace and longtime home, where Democratic leaders have been a thorn in his side since becoming president. Trump is threatening to withhold federal funding for New York and other Democratic-controlled cities including Portland and Seattle that he said have devolved into “anarchy” during recent protests against police brutality. In a memo, Trump directed federal agencies to detail all funding they give to the cities, and told U.S. Attorney General William Barr to create a list of “anarchistic jurisdictions,” with reducing police funding as one of the qualifying factors. The memo described at length New York City’s recent uptick in violent crime and the recent $1 billion cut to the New York City Police Department’s budget. The very same night the news broke, Gov. Andrew Cuomo held a press call firing back at the president with some inflammatory language. He said that Trump “better have an army if he thinks he’s going to walk down the streets in New York,” although he later walked back the vaguely threatening comment slightly by saying that he meant simply that Trump is “persona non grata” in the city. Cuomo said that he doubts the “maniacal” move will amount to anything, calling it an “illegal stunt.” De Blasio took a similar stance, saying at a press conference that if Trump persists, the city would take him to court and win like it did when Trump attempted to withhold funding from so-called sanctuary cities.

NYC delays start of school

After weeks of uncertainty around reopening schools and threats of a strike from the New York City teachers union, de Blasio made a last-minute announcement that the Department of Education will delay the first day of school. Originally set to reopen on Sept. 10, the new first day of school is Sept. 16 for remote learning, with students who opted for blended learning not returning to the classroom until Sept. 21. The announcement took parents and teachers by surprise, although United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew, who joined de Blasio in making the announcement, praised the decision for giving teachers more time to prepare for the unprecedented school year. However, the move was met with mixed reactions from teachers and other educators, since the extra 11 days may not be enough time to address all the outstanding issues they have regarding preparation and safety.

X
This website uses cookies to enhance user experience and to analyze performance and traffic on our website. We also share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners. Learn More / Do Not Sell My Personal Information
Accept Cookies
X
Cookie Preferences Cookie List

Do Not Sell My Personal Information

When you visit our website, we store cookies on your browser to collect information. The information collected might relate to you, your preferences or your device, and is mostly used to make the site work as you expect it to and to provide a more personalized web experience. However, you can choose not to allow certain types of cookies, which may impact your experience of the site and the services we are able to offer. Click on the different category headings to find out more and change our default settings according to your preference. You cannot opt-out of our First Party Strictly Necessary Cookies as they are deployed in order to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting the cookie banner and remembering your settings, to log into your account, to redirect you when you log out, etc.). For more information about the First and Third Party Cookies used please follow this link.

Allow All Cookies

Manage Consent Preferences

Strictly Necessary Cookies - Always Active

We do not allow you to opt-out of our certain cookies, as they are necessary to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting our cookie banner and remembering your privacy choices) and/or to monitor site performance. These cookies are not used in a way that constitutes a “sale” of your data under the CCPA. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not work as intended if you do so. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. Visit www.allaboutcookies.org to learn more.

Sale of Personal Data, Targeting & Social Media Cookies

Under the California Consumer Privacy Act, you have the right to opt-out of the sale of your personal information to third parties. These cookies collect information for analytics and to personalize your experience with targeted ads. You may exercise your right to opt out of the sale of personal information by using this toggle switch. If you opt out we will not be able to offer you personalised ads and will not hand over your personal information to any third parties. Additionally, you may contact our legal department for further clarification about your rights as a California consumer by using this Exercise My Rights link

If you have enabled privacy controls on your browser (such as a plugin), we have to take that as a valid request to opt-out. Therefore we would not be able to track your activity through the web. This may affect our ability to personalize ads according to your preferences.

Targeting cookies may be set through our site by our advertising partners. They may be used by those companies to build a profile of your interests and show you relevant adverts on other sites. They do not store directly personal information, but are based on uniquely identifying your browser and internet device. If you do not allow these cookies, you will experience less targeted advertising.

Social media cookies are set by a range of social media services that we have added to the site to enable you to share our content with your friends and networks. They are capable of tracking your browser across other sites and building up a profile of your interests. This may impact the content and messages you see on other websites you visit. If you do not allow these cookies you may not be able to use or see these sharing tools.

If you want to opt out of all of our lead reports and lists, please submit a privacy request at our Do Not Sell page.

Save Settings
Cookie Preferences Cookie List

Cookie List

A cookie is a small piece of data (text file) that a website – when visited by a user – asks your browser to store on your device in order to remember information about you, such as your language preference or login information. Those cookies are set by us and called first-party cookies. We also use third-party cookies – which are cookies from a domain different than the domain of the website you are visiting – for our advertising and marketing efforts. More specifically, we use cookies and other tracking technologies for the following purposes:

Strictly Necessary Cookies

We do not allow you to opt-out of our certain cookies, as they are necessary to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting our cookie banner and remembering your privacy choices) and/or to monitor site performance. These cookies are not used in a way that constitutes a “sale” of your data under the CCPA. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not work as intended if you do so. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. Visit www.allaboutcookies.org to learn more.

Functional Cookies

We do not allow you to opt-out of our certain cookies, as they are necessary to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting our cookie banner and remembering your privacy choices) and/or to monitor site performance. These cookies are not used in a way that constitutes a “sale” of your data under the CCPA. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not work as intended if you do so. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. Visit www.allaboutcookies.org to learn more.

Performance Cookies

We do not allow you to opt-out of our certain cookies, as they are necessary to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting our cookie banner and remembering your privacy choices) and/or to monitor site performance. These cookies are not used in a way that constitutes a “sale” of your data under the CCPA. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not work as intended if you do so. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. Visit www.allaboutcookies.org to learn more.

Sale of Personal Data

We also use cookies to personalize your experience on our websites, including by determining the most relevant content and advertisements to show you, and to monitor site traffic and performance, so that we may improve our websites and your experience. You may opt out of our use of such cookies (and the associated “sale” of your Personal Information) by using this toggle switch. You will still see some advertising, regardless of your selection. Because we do not track you across different devices, browsers and GEMG properties, your selection will take effect only on this browser, this device and this website.

Social Media Cookies

We also use cookies to personalize your experience on our websites, including by determining the most relevant content and advertisements to show you, and to monitor site traffic and performance, so that we may improve our websites and your experience. You may opt out of our use of such cookies (and the associated “sale” of your Personal Information) by using this toggle switch. You will still see some advertising, regardless of your selection. Because we do not track you across different devices, browsers and GEMG properties, your selection will take effect only on this browser, this device and this website.

Targeting Cookies

We also use cookies to personalize your experience on our websites, including by determining the most relevant content and advertisements to show you, and to monitor site traffic and performance, so that we may improve our websites and your experience. You may opt out of our use of such cookies (and the associated “sale” of your Personal Information) by using this toggle switch. You will still see some advertising, regardless of your selection. Because we do not track you across different devices, browsers and GEMG properties, your selection will take effect only on this browser, this device and this website.