On a snowy night of 23rd March 2020, Mr. Prude had a psychotic episode and he ran out of his brother’s house bare chest and bare feet to get things under control. His brother called the cops for help. Instead, the Rochester officials handcuffed, placed a mesh hood on his face, and pressed it until he passed out.
Rochester Officer Will Walk Free In The Killing Of Daniel Prude
Mr. Prude was a father of five children from Chicago and grew up in a public housing complex. Of his five children, two had died in a tragic accident. He worked in warehouses and factories on the southwest side of Chicago, while his friends remember him as a helping hand for others.
The responding officer shared that Mr. Prude was delirious, handcuffed, and rambling with some trouble. When he started spitting on the approaching officers, the officials covered his face was covered, and pinned down his head on the pavement.
The story didn’t end here, the officials kept the body camera footage from the public that indicates the cause of his death. His death has emerged as an apparent cover-up by Rochester’s officials.
The footage shared by Mr. Prude’s family clearly indicates that Mr. Prude kept asking the officials to remove the hood and began to role in the ground and tried standing up later he shouted give me the gun, but the officer pinned him down in the ground holding his head on the pavement.
It is evident from the footage that Mr. Prude was struggling to breathe and his words turned to gurgles and stopped later. At this time, one of the officers asked him “You good, man?” But he probably had collapsed by that time. By the time paramedics arrived on the spot, there was not any heartbeat and CPR was performed and he was revived and rushed to the hospital.
According to the Monroe County medical examiner’s autopsy report, the cause of Mr. Prude “complications of asphyxia in the setting of physical restraint”. The reports also states, “excited delirium” and intoxication by PCP caused the death.
As per an unofficial police narrative, Mr. Prude suffered an overdose while in police custody. Rochester Police Department has been silent in this regard. Ever since the footage has come into the light, the Prude family has accused officials of covering up the death of Mr. Prude and protecting the involved police officers.
Seven involved officers in this encounter were suspended in this regard in September 2020. On 23rd Feb 2021, Tuesday, attorney general, Letitia James, announced that none of the involved officers in Mr. Prude’s arrest would face charges in connection with his death. Ms. James shared that she had hoped for a different outcome.
Monroe County Court judge, Karen Bailey Turner, on the evening of 23rd appealed to release minutes related to the grand jury’s investigation. This was because it generally is protected and sealed. Ms. James said, “the public deserves to know what transpires behind closed doors”.
The federal Justice Department added that it would review the case having the possibility to open a civil rights investigation into the officers who restrained Mr. Prude. The federal Justice Department added that it would review the case having the possibility to open a civil rights investigation into the officers who restrained Mr. Prude. This further would brace Rochester from the possibility of protests from the decision made by the grand jury. As word spread, an announcement and concrete barriers were also placed around the city for public safety.
Later, on the evening of 23rd, around 150 people marched through the city condemning the jury’s decision. By 9 PM, the gathered crowd outside a police building on child street began to chant and sing before a line of officers in riot gear.