Shocking footage has emerged of police putting a hood over the head of a black man before pinning him to the ground.
The man, later identified as Daniel Prude, died of asphyxiation after officers put a hood over his head and pressed his face to the ground for two minutes.
The violent arrest occurred on March 30th, around two months before the death of George Floyd sparked protests across the globe.
Prude was placed on life support but died after being taken off it seven days later.
Iman Abid, director of the Genesee Valley Region Chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union, said:
Daniel Prude’s murder at the hands of Rochester Police Department is horrifying and unacceptable. Mr. Prude should still be alive, and it is clear from the footage that officers met an obvious behavioral health crisis with lethal force.
He died in the snow, we can stand in the rain pic.twitter.com/WFbqpN52v7— Gino Fanelli (@GinoFanelli) September 2, 2020
Prude’s death didn’t received too much media attention at the time – however after the most recent footage was released yesterday, it sparked another wave of protests in Rochester and the USA as a whole.
The footage shows Prude, unarmed, and seemingly complying with their instructions and commands.