Cuomo calls death of Daniel Prude 'deeply disturbing'

Sunday, 06 Sep, 2020

At a second press conference at Rochester's Public Safety Building where police headquarters is located, Warren said an ongoing investigation by the NY attorney general's office took the matter out of the city's hands.

Pressing a person's face down is also a common procedure among police departments as a way to gain control over someone who is resisting arrest or who appears to be under the influence of drugs, Dr Haberfeld said.

"I think it's incumbent upon all of us, not only here in the Southern Tier, but those in Rochester and those throughout the great State of NY".

"Mr Daniel Prude was failed by our police department, our mental health care system, our society, and he was failed by me", Ms Warren told reporters.

PRUDE: Well, when the police showed back up to my house for the call after, you know, me placing the call to them once again, you know, officer asked me - is anything wrong with him?

The officers appear to become concerned after he stops moving, falls silent and they notice water coming out of Prude's mouth.

Officers then put a "spit hood" on him and forced his head to the pavement.

Prude vomited in the hood and then fell unconscious, NPR reported.

Paramedics arrived on the scene and were able to resuscitate Prude in the ambulance while transporting him to the hospital.

"He ain't no threat to no one else and don't y'all kill my brother", Joe Prude told NPR he told police.

Monroe County Medical Examiner Dr. Nadia Granger ruled Prude's death was caused by "complications of asphyxia" while physically restrained, according to the autopsy report viewed by the Democrat & Chronicle.

Three officers were treated for cuts and bruises to their hands and legs, with one officer suffering neck burns, police said.

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Protests In Rochester, N.Y., After Bodycam Footage Released Of Daniel Prude's Death

Later on the demonstration was met by a wall of law enforcement officers, who deemed the protest an unlawful assembly, saying via megaphones that people who stay behind would be arrested.

On Wednesday some 100 protestors gathered in Rochester, a city home to approximately 200,000 people in western NY state to protest Prude's death.

News of Prude's death comes in the wake of social unrest over the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a black father shot seven times in the back by a white officer in the Wisconsin city of Kenosha.

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.

Spit hoods have been scrutinised as a factor in the deaths of several prisoners in the United States and other countries in recent years.

Opponents of the movement have also protested, frequently leading to violent clashes and pushing law and order high up the agenda for November's presidential election.

The officers are suspended with pay, and Warren said she understood that the police union may sue the city over the move.

In late August, a video went viral showing a 49-year-old urban planner being harassed by Black Lives Matter protesters while she was dining with a friend in the Adams Morgan district of Washington D.C.

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.

That training was noted in an internal RPD investigative action report of the incident dated April 27 in which the investigator reported reviewing training records of the officers.

One officer wrote that they put the hood on Prude because he was spitting continuously in the direction of officers and they were concerned about coronavirus.

His family is now calling for the officers involved in Prude's arrest to be charged with murder.