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Black man dies after police place him in spit hood, press face into pavement. Family demands cops be charged with murder, releases the body cam footage.
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Black man dies after police place him in spit hood, press face into pavement. Family demands cops be charged with murder, releases the bodycam footage.

Highly disturbing

The family of 41-year-old Daniel Prude, who died in March following an interaction with police in Rochester, New York, have just released the bodycam footage of his arrest.

Prude died in March after arresting officers placed him in a spit hood and held his face into the pavement for at least two minutes.

Prude's family held a news conference Wednesday night, demanding that the officers involved in Prude's detainment be fired and charged with murder.

What are the details?

According to a Wednesday evening report from the New York Times, police officers discovered Prude running around naked after his brother called 911 to report him as having a mental episode.

Just a day before his detainment, Prude reportedly visited a local hospital in hopes of obtaining psychiatric treatment.

Authorities found Prude, fully naked and reportedly attempting to break into a vehicle. Prude reportedly told authorities that he was infected with COVID-19 when they arrived on the scene.

In the footage, Prude can be seen handcuffed with his hands behind his back and shouting. Officers reportedly placed a spit hood on Prude to prevent him from spitting on police.

As the hood is placed over Prude's head, he can be heard shouting, "Give me that gun. Give me that gun."

Three officers push Prude to the ground, where he becomes further agitated.

At least one officer can be seen pushing Prude's head into the pavement. Another officer can be seen placing a knee in Prude's back.

An officer can be heard telling Prude to "calm down" and to stop spitting.

Snow falls lightly and quietly on the wet street.

After two minutes in this position, Prude falls lifeless and makes no more sounds.

An officer can be heard asking Prude, "You good, man?" and sees that Prude has vomited on the pavement.

(Content warning: Disturbing footage)

First responders arrive minutes later and attempt to resuscitate him with CPR. Medics take Prude to a nearby hospital, where he is declared brain dead and placed on life support.

He died in the hospital a week after the encounter with Rochester police.

How did the man die?

The Monroe County medical examiner's office determined Prude was killed due to "complications of asphyxia in the setting of physical restraint."

Other contributing factors, however, included acute PCP intoxication and "excited delirium."

CNN reported that the autopsy also pointed out that Prude suffered from acute myocarditis and also had a history of severe respiratory acidosis.

New York State Attorney General Letitia James called Prude's death a "tragedy."

"[W]e will follow the facts of this case and ensure a complete and thorough examination of all relevant parties," James added in a recent news conference on Prude's death.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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