(ETH) – A Black man who was running through the streets of a western New York city was reportedly apprehended by police officers who then put a hood over his head and pressing his face into the pavement for two minutes resulting in his death by asphyxiation.
The incident was caught on video and records released by the man’s family. According to a report from the Associated Press, The victim, Daniel Prude died March 30th after he was taken off life support, approximately seven days after the incident with police in Rochester.
The Main Stream media never report the incident until this past Wednesday, when his family held a news conference and released police body camera video and written reports that were obtained through public records upon request.
“I placed a phone call for my brother to get help. Not for my brother to get lynched,” Prude’s brother, Joe Prude, said at a news conference. “How did you see him and not directly say, ‘The man is defenseless, buck naked on the ground.
He’s cuffed up already. Come on.’ How many more brothers gotta die for society to understand that this needs to stop?” The report states that Prude was seen complying with the officers when he was then asked to get on the ground and put his hands behind his back.
Prude is agitated and shouting as he sits on the pavement in handcuffs for a few moments as a light snow begins to fall. “Give me your gun, I need it,” he shouts. Then, they put a white “spit hood” over his head, a device intended to protect officers from a detainee’s saliva.
At the time, New York was in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. Prude was then heard demanding the police to remove the hood, It was then the officers’ slam Prude’s head into the street. One officer, who the mani stream media points out is white, holds his head down against the pavement with both hands, saying “calm down” and “stop spitting.”
Another officer places a knee on his back. “Trying to kill me!” Prude says, his voice becoming muffled and anguished under the hood. “OK, stop. I need it. I need it,” the prone man begs before his shouts turn to whimpers and grunts.
The officers appear to become concerned after he stops moving, falls silent and they notice water coming out of Prude’s mouth. “My man. You puking?” one says. One officer acknowledges that he’s been out, naked, in the street for quite some time.
Another officer remarks, “He feels pretty cold.” His head had been held down by an officer for over two minutes, according to the video. The officers are then seen removing the hood and his handcuffs, medics are then seen performing CPR before he’s loaded into an ambulance.
Protesters began gathering Wednesday outside of Rochester’s Public Safety Building, which serves as police headquarters and many fear this will be yet another log in the fire of an already volatile climate.