Prude had been suffering from a mental health episode after taking PCP and was running naked in the city's streets. The officers put a spit hood over his head after he began spitting. They held him face down on the pavement for two minutes and fifteen seconds, and he stopped breathing.
The autopsy report ruled Prude's death a homicide. The killing first received attention in September 2020 when the police body camera video and written reports were released along with the autopsy report.
Following the report's release, protesters were outside the Rochester police headquarters. Many of the protests have been peaceful.
Letitia James, the Attorney General of New York, said Prude's death is being investigated. Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo said on September 2, 2020 that he had originally asked James to investigate the case in July.
References[change | change source]
- Hill, Michael (September 6, 2020). "Video in Black man's suffocation death shows cops in N.Y. put hood on him". Star Tribune. Associated Press. Archived from the original on September 3, 2020. Retrieved September 3, 2020.
- WROC staff (September 2, 2020). "Autopsy report: Daniel Prude death ruled a homicide, died from asphyxia due to 'physical restraint'". Rochester First. Archived from the original on September 2, 2020. Retrieved September 5, 2020.
- "What to Know About Daniel Prude's Death". New York Times: New York Today. September 4, 2020. Retrieved September 5, 2020.
- "Seventh night of protests over death of Daniel Prude ends peacefully". WHEC News10NBC. 2020-09-08. Archived from the original on 2020-09-09. Retrieved 2020-09-09.
- Closson, Troy; Shanahan, Ed (September 2, 2020). "Black Man Died of Suffocation After Officers Put Hood on Him". The New York Times. Retrieved September 3, 2020.