Video surfaces of Rochester cops putting hood on a Black man; he suffocated

Video of a Black man who died of asphyxiation after being handcuffed, hooded and pinned down by police was released Wednesday as activists demanded the officers be fired and charged in his death

Although the incident happened in March, body cam video and records released by Daniel Prude’s family and local activists show cops in Rochester, New York, placing a hood on a Black man and then pressing his face into the pavement for two minutes. He died on March 30, seven days later, after being removed from life support, his family said.

The New York State attorney general, Letitia James, and the Rochester police chief said they were investigating the death. The officers involved are still on the force.

***Warning: The video is graphic and disturbing.

“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?

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