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A large group of demonstrators caused diners to flee when they surrounded a New York restaurant during a protest over the death of Daniel Prude in New York.    

More than 1,000 anti-racism supporters gathered together in downtown Rochester, where 29-year-old Prude suffocated to death while in police custody.

The huge crowd surrounded a restaurant where diners were eating on Friday night. Many look terrifed as demonstrators smashed the customer's glasses in front of their faces, broke plates, overturned chairs and chanted at them to get out.

'We're shutting your party down,' one woman is seen shouting in the face of a diner, in footage taken by FreedomNewsTV.

One woman whose clothing got caught up as she tried to run from the incoming crowd.

'No need to run,' a protester told her. 'Nobody is hurting you. Nobody's going to touch you...we're shutting the party down.'

The crowd chants, 'If you don't give us our s***,' we shut s*** down.'       

Rochester entered its third protests on Friday over the death of Prude at the hands of Rochester Police Department.

The demonstration began peacefully at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park around 6.30pm.  

Later, pepper balls were fired at demonstrators, a bus stop was set on fire and authorities declared the event an 'unlawful assembly.'

A large group of demonstrators caused diners to flee when they surrounded a New York restaurant during a protest over the death of Daniel Prude in New York

A large group of demonstrators caused diners to flee when they surrounded a New York restaurant during a protest over the death of Daniel Prude in New York

Demonstrators invaded the restaurant and forced diners to leave, smashing glasses, overturning tables, and causing damage

Demonstrators invaded the restaurant and forced diners to leave, smashing glasses, overturning tables, and causing damage 

Protests sparked in Rochester, New York, this week after 29-year-old Daniel Prude suffocated in police custody in March, but footage only surfaced recently

Protests sparked in Rochester, New York, this week after 29-year-old Daniel Prude suffocated in police custody in March, but footage only surfaced recently 

Pepper balls were fired at demonstrators, a bus stop was set on fire and authorities declared the event an 'unlawful assembly

Pepper balls were fired at demonstrators, a bus stop was set on fire and authorities declared the event an 'unlawful assembly

Around 1,000 anti-racism protesters were seen at the event on Friday, with many of them carrying signs and chanting 'Black Lives Matter'

Around 1,000 anti-racism protesters were seen at the event on Friday, with many of them carrying signs and chanting 'Black Lives Matter'

Rochester First reports that the first few hours were filled with prayer and speeches, including one given by Daniel Prude's brother, Joe.

As the massive crowed marched down avenues and streets, they chanted, 'Daniel Prude!'

But as the group turned onto Court Street, they were met with a wall of law enforcement officers waiting.  

'Rochester police has deemed this an unlawful assembly,' the officers shouted through mega phones at demonstrators. People who stayed behind would be arrested, authorities said. 

Demonstrators shield themselves from pepper balls as police officers attempt to clear the streets after a march for Daniel Prude on September 4

Demonstrators shield themselves from pepper balls as police officers attempt to clear the streets after a march for Daniel Prude on September 4

A person holds a sign reading 'arrest the cops that killed Daniel Prude' at the anti-racism demonstration on Friday

A person holds a sign reading 'arrest the cops that killed Daniel Prude' at the anti-racism demonstration on Friday

Flares go off in front of police officers during a protest over the death of a Black man, Daniel Prude, after police put a spit hood over his head during an arrest on March 23

Flares go off in front of police officers during a protest over the death of a Black man, Daniel Prude, after police put a spit hood over his head during an arrest on March 23

That's when officers reportedly began launching tear gas into the crowd.

Tension between civilians and law enforcement has skyrocketed since the death of George Floyd and other black Americans in custody over the past several months. 

Further west, cities like Portland, Oregon, have mirrored battle ground after federal agents were deployed by President earlier this summer. 

His heavy-handed, militaristic approach to quelling protests have created a divide as debates swirl around a number of controversial tools.

Tear gas, as well as non-lethal munitions and pepper spray, have become common site at demonstrations - despite critics calling for a ban on such tactics.

Photos taken at the scene showed protesters using umbrellas, gas can lids and crouching behind cars to deflect from the tear gas. 

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