Daniel Prude was detained by the Rochester, NY police on March 23, 2020 for stripping and behaving uncontrollably. His brother called the police for help after he left his house around 3:00 am in just his underwear (in the snow). The police reported he was walking down the street and smashing windows.
Four cops responded to the call and they told him to sit on the ground (which he did comply) as they handcuffed him. He yelled at the cops, telling them he had COVID-19, and that’s when they put a “spit hood” over his head and laughed at him while he yelled profanities at them.
A spit hood, spit mask, spit guard or mesh hood is a restraint device used to keep somebody from spitting or biting. Spit hoods have been involved in several deaths in law enforcement custody, where people died after.
When Prude tried to stand up, three of the cops tackled him on the ground and held him there for three minutes. They noticed he was unconscious and had some type of liquid coming out of his mouth, and he was rushed to the hospital… where he never regained consciousness.
The medical examiner ruled his death a homicide due to the amount of complications caused from asphyxia, physical restraint and PCP intoxication.
Video footage was just released Wednesday. The cops responsible are still working for the police force (it’s not clear if they are working in the field or in the office), and the New York Attorney General Letitia James, is investigating the homicide. Take a look at the video below. When will it all end.