New York Mayor Lovely Warren on Thursday suspended seven police officers in Rocherster after a video from March was released showing a hood being placed on an African-American man in police custody, The Washington Post reported.
Mazzola continued: "There must be a thorough investigation into Daniel Prude's death, as part of a wide-ranging reform of policing practices".
When officers found Prude he was completely naked, on the street in a light snow. Prude's brother, Joe Prude, told reporters that he had called police for help because his brother was having a mental health episode.
Activists have marched nightly in Rochester since police body camera videos of the encounter with the Black man visiting from Chicago were released this week by his family.
After Daniel is taken to the hospital following his interaction with police, an officer returns to Joe's home around 4 a.m., saying "the bosses" want an officer to stay with them "until they figure some more stuff out".
She also said she had first seen the body camera footage in August.
"This device is meant to protect officers and others from somebody who threatens to bite or spit, or uses their mouth to infect them", Dr Haberfeld said, describing their response to the situation as "absolutely by the book".
'We don't know what to do with him because of that stuff he was on, ' she told the officer.
"What I saw in that video was a man who needed help, a man who needed compassion, and a man who needed humanity, a man who we should have respected, and a man who was in crisis - our response to him was wrong", she said. "They shall feel free to do so", she said. The officers then pinned him to the ground, one of them keeping a knee on his back and another pressing his face into the pavement for two minutes.
RPD says the only time they used tear gas was when some people began hurling commercial grade fireworks directly at officers near Court St. and South Clinton Avenue. In the video, police are also seen covering his head with the white "spit hood", created to protect police from bodily fluids. "I need it", Prude said at one point in the video. "I need it", Prude says.
Forty-one-year-old Prude can be heard shouting "you're trying to kill me!" and officers saying "calm down" and "stop spitting". Officers then notice water coming out of Prude's mouth and call over waiting medics, who start CPR.
This week, judicial authorities ruled Prude's death a homicide caused by complications with asphyxiation during physical restraint.
The report also said that acute intoxication of the drug PCP was a contributing factor. "They are especially risky when someone is already in crisis as Daniel Prude appeared to be".
Another man shouted "If you don't give us our sh*t we'll shut things down".
Amnesty International earlier on Thursday condemned the use of the "spit hood" by police and joined calls for an investigation into events leading up to Prude's death.
More than a thousand protesters descended upon downtown Rochester on Friday night and a video of a demonstrators confronting diners at a restaurant is now being widely circulated on social media.
The seven officers involved have been suspended.