Black man dies of suffocation in police custody in New York state
A video revealed this Wednesday shows the death of an African American in Rochester, a city to the northwestern new york state.
According to the Associated Press, Daniel Prude died on March 30, seven days after he was stopped on the street while snow was falling.
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The pictures show that Prude, who was naked, complies with the orders of the policemen like taking your hands back and throwing yourself to the ground. The man appears handcuffed and at one point sits down as he yells at the officers.
A policeman is then seen putting a hood over Prude’s head. The hood is used by agents to protect themselves from the saliva of suspects during the coronavirus pandemic.
The situation escalates when a police officer throws Prude, who had asked that his hood be removed, to the pavement with force. An agent presses Prude’s head into the ground. Another puts a knee on his back. At one point Prude begins to spew water from his mouth, which attracts the attention of the uniformed officers. The man stops moving.
Paramedics arrived on the scene and transported Prude to an area hospital. The coroner concluded that the man died of “complication with asphyxia caused by physical restraint“. The death was ruled a homicide.
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The hood worn by the police has been questioned by activists as it is linked to the death of several prisoners in United States.
Prude was visiting her family from Chicago. Deputies found the man after the brother called 911 to report that Prude was out in the street naked and that he had mental health problems.
The case is being investigated by the State Prosecutor’s Office. Activists are calling for the case to be investigated as a murder.