Police in Rochester, New York, have released video of officers placing a hood on a black man, Daniel Prude, and pushing his head into the pavement for two minutes on March 23. Prude died of asphyxiation on March 30 after being taken off life support. The death has spurred outrage and protests.
Prude reportedly ran through the streets of Rochester naked before being killed by police.
The police body cam videos — released by Prude’s family — show Prude complying to police orders: getting on the ground and placing his hands behind his back. However, as Prude sits on the cold pavement in a light snow fall he grows upset and tells the cops to remove the hood.
The police respond by slamming Prude’s head into the pavement. A white officer holds Prude’s head against the pavement with both hands (assault) while lecturing Prude to “calm down” and “stop spitting.” A second officer places a knee on Prude’s back.
Police then placed a “spit hood” over Pride’s head. At the time of the incident, New York was just starting its COVID-19 outbreak, notes The Associated Press.
“Trying to kill me!” Prude shouts, then whimpers and grunts as he begins to die.
After ignoring his plea, the cops are confused as Prude start stops moving and falls silent.
One officer suddenly uses child-like logic and tells the less-aware cops that Prude has been in the street for some time without any clothes. Another officer then makes the obvious connection: “He feels pretty cold.”
Later, as officers remove the hood and handcuffs, medics try to revive the braindead man by performing CPR.
A medical examiner said that Prude’s death was a homicide caused by “complications of asphyxia in the setting of physical restraint.”
The medical examiner also noted excited delirium and intoxication by phencyclidine, also known as PCP, a drug that causes people to be delusional.
(Source: The Associated Press)