Rochester, NY, officers involved in Daniel Prude’s death suspended

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In this still from police body camera video provided by Roth and Roth LLP, Rochester police officers hold Daniel Prude on March 23, 2020 in Rochester, NY

The mayor of Rochester, New York, on Thursday suspended officers involved in the death of Daniel Prude, a black man who died of asphyxiation after police officers put a hood over his head while he knelt on the ground, handcuffed and naked.

Mayor Lovely Warren said that at the time of Prude’s death, the police chief only told him that he had died of a drug overdose.

Prude’s family held a press conference on Wednesday and posted a police body camera video obtained through a public records request that captured her fatal interaction with the police.

Prude had been taken to a Rochester hospital for a mental health assessment about eight hours before the encounter that led to his death. He was put back into the care of his family, then suddenly ran into the street and took off his clothes.

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