Daniel Prude - who suffered from mental health issues - died after being put in a "spit hood", created to protect officers from detainees' saliva. Police took Daniel into custody on March 23, and he died a week later.
The hoods are meant to protect officers from a detainee's saliva and have been scrutinized as a factor in the deaths of several prisoners in recent years.
Activists are demanding that the officers involved be suspended and prosecuted on murder charges. They apprehended him and placed him in a spit hood because he had reportedly told them that he had contracted coronavirus. For some, they evoke hoods used on prisoners at USA government overseas detention sites or "black sites". The mayor said she told the chief she was "deeply, personally and professionally disappointed" in his failure to accurately inform her what happened to Prude.
A view of police cars parked outside City Public Safety Building following the death of a Black man, Daniel Prude, after police put a spit hood over his head during an arrest on March 23, in Rochester, New York, U.S., September 3, 2020.
"I placed a phone call for my brother to get help, not for my brother to get lynched", he said.
New York State's attorney general is investigating the March death of a black man after video footage emerged this week of him being hooded by police and forced face down in a road. The Daily Dot has chosen to embed the bodycam footage because of the nature of its release at the hands of Prude's family. Officers can be heard chuckling at his erratic statements.
They call in the EMT to help who instructs an officer to roll Prude over and perform chest compressions, which they do. Prude complies, as they cuff him. "He spent the last moments of his life breathing in his own vomit".
Officers reportedly became anxious after Prude became silent. Many other deaths at the hands of police have resulted from an encounter that began with a call about someone's mental health and then devolved.
That was the first day she saw the video of Prude's interactions with police.
Newsham said police rushed out the footage to counter "a lot of misinformation" that could otherwise "lead to disturbances in our city".
"It wouldn't put any pressure on the carotid arteries in the neck".
She knew her nephew had some psychological issues.
"He lost his life because of the actions of our police officers", Warren said.
"Take away COVID, it's just a nasty thing anyway", Alpert said.
The news of yet another police killing of an African American triggered fresh outrage, three months after protests ignited nationwide over George Floyd, who was choked to death during an arrest while handcuffed.
The video prompted protests in Rochester on Wednesday, with dozens of people calling for the police to be held accountable and removed from the department while the investigation proceeds. As the officer, Mark Vaughn, says, "Calm down" and "Stop spitting", Prude's shouts became anguished whimpers and grunts. They also provided several police documents describing the incident. The police then put a hood on him and presse his face to the pavement for two minutes. You see all that water that came out of his mouth?
Elliot Shields, the attorney representing the Prude family, said they intend to sue "everyone responsible for Daniel's death".
Prison guards have also used spit hoods, sometimes to deadly effect.