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Demonstrators in Rochester, New York. Photo: Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Lovely Warren, mayor of Rochester, New York, pledged reforms to the city's police as protests continued Sunday over the death of Daniel Prude, a Black man who was experiencing mental health issues when he was detained.

Driving the news: Prude died seven days after being hooded and held down by Rochester police. Police Chief La’Ron Singletary said at a news conference with Warren that he supported the changes and he was "dedicated to taking the necessary actions to prevent this from ever happening again."

A tweet previously embedded here has been deleted or was tweeted from an account that has been suspended or deleted.
  • Rochester Police tweeted that over 1,000 people were attending Sunday night's protest, adding, "Let’s work together to keep everyone safe!!"
  • While Saturday night's protests ended with "pepper balls, tear gas and fireworks" during clashes between police and protesters, Sunday's demonstration was peaceful amid the presence of community elders, per the Democrat & Chronicle.
  • Police for the first time permitted demonstrators Sunday to march toward the Public Safety Building, where the Rochester Police Department is located, ABC News notes.

What they're saying: "The only way we are going to change institutional and structural and systematic racism in our city is to face it head-on," said Warren, who apologized for Prude being "failed by our police, our mental health care system, our society, and by me."

  • "We cannot continue to fail Black lives this way," she added. "We can't improve our city or improve our nation until we face the reality, the undeniable truth: Racism is alive and well in every system in America. And the buck stops here today with me at City Hall."

The big picture: An autopsy ruled Prude's March 30 suffocation death was a homicide, arising from "complications of asphyxia in the setting of physical restraint," per Rochester First.

  • New York Attorney General Letitia James said Saturday she would impanel a grand jury as part of the state's investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death.
  • Warren announced on Thursday that seven police officers involved in Prude's case had been suspended.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with more details from Sunday's protests and more context.

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The major police reforms enacted since George Floyd's death

Federal officers in Portland, Oregon on July 21. Photo: Nathan Howard/Getty Images

Nationwide Black Lives Matter protests sparked by George Floyd's killing have put new pressure on states and cities to scale back the force that officers can use on civilians.

Why it matters: Police reforms of this scale have not taken place since the inception of the Black Lives Matter movement in 2013, following George Zimmerman's acquittal for shooting Trayvon Martin, an unarmed Black teenager.

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UK government: Kremlin has plan "to install pro-Russian leadership" in Ukraine

British Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss. Photo: Gints Ivuskans / AFP via Getty Images

The United Kingdom's Foreign Secretary on Saturday night said the government has "information that indicates the Russian Government is looking to install a pro-Russian leader in Kyiv as it considers whether to invade and occupy Ukraine."

Driving the news: U.S. National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne called the intelligence "deeply concerning" in a statement to Axios. The Biden administration has said Russia is actively manufacturing a pretext for invasion and warned that Putin could use joint military exercises in Belarus as cover to invade from the north.

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This powerful new accelerator looks for keys to the center of atoms

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Nuclear physicists trying to piece together how atoms are built are about to get a powerful new tool.

Why it matters: When the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams begins experiments later this spring, physicists from around the world will use the particle accelerator to better understand the inner workings of atoms that make up all the matter that can be seen in the universe.