Daniel Prude’s Arrest Video Shows Apparent Suffocation, Cops Under Fire
New graphics videos Daniel Prude – a 41-year-old black man – having a hood placed over his head by the police, who then pressed his face to the ground for 2 minutes until he stopped breathing … leading to his death within days later.
The disturbing incident happened on March 23 in Rochester, New York, when Prude’s brother called for help because Daniel was acting erratically and stepped out into the cold night with no clothes on. These police body camera images have just been released.
The cops arrived to find him naked, but Prude obeyed when they told him to sit down and handcuffed him.
The video shows Prude spitting at one point, then screaming and begging officers to let him go before they place a “hood” on his head. Moments later, when he tries to get up, they fight him and hold him face down for more than 2 minutes.
After noticing that liquid is escaping from his mouth, some of the officers worry and realize that he is unconscious. He never woke up again.
Prude was taken to hospital and placed on life support, but died a week later. The medical examiner ruled that his death was a homicide, caused by “complications of suffocation in the context of physical restraint” as well as by “excited delirium” and intoxication with PCP.
Daniel’s family released the footage on Wednesday, claiming it shows excessive police force used during the incident. Prude’s brother said … “I made a call for my brother to get help. Not for my brother to be lynched.”
Protests erupt in upstate New York over his murder, apparently tragically similar to what happened to George floyd 2 months later … sparking the global Black Lives Matter movement.
The 4 cops involved in Prude’s arrest are still in force. New York Attorney General Letitia james said she was investigating the incident.
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