Daniel Prude’s brother slams ‘cold-blooded murder' after he was asphyxiated as cops put hood over him sparking protests

THE brother of a black man filmed being suffocated by cops with a hood over his head has called his death "cold blooded murder."

Daniel Prude died after he was detained by police in Rochester, New York, after he had run naked through the streets on March 23.

He passed away after being taken off life support seven days later but details of the incident have only just emerged.

The officers involved were not suspended and remain on the job, according to CBS Chicago.

Now relatives have hit out over the shocking nature of the 41-year-old's horrific death – which has sparked protests in Rochester.

Prude was visiting family when they contacted the police because they feared he was suffering mental health issues.

"I placed a phone call for my brother to get help, not for my brother to get lynched," said Joe Prude.

"That was a full-fledged, ongoing murder. Cold blooded," he told reporters.

"How many more brothers gotta die for society to understand that this needs to stop?"


The black man's death was ruled a homicide caused by complications with asphyxiation "in the setting of physical restraint."

Excited delirium and acute intoxication by phencyclidine, or PCP, were also listed as contributing factors by the medical examiner.

On Wednesday, Prude's family released police body camera footage that showed the moments leading to his eventual death.

Police responded to a 911 call from Prude's brother who said Prude was experiencing a mental health issue.

The dead man was originally from Chicago and was visiting Rochester at the time of the incident.

The body camera footage shows Prude, unclothed, complying with police to put his hands behind his back and get on the ground.


The scene in the video appears to escalate as Prude yells and spits at officers while he was on the ground.

A white hood is seen on Prude's head as he demands to have it taken off.

One officer wrote that the hood was put on Prude as he was spitting in the direction of the officers and they were concerned about coronavirus.

An officer is seen pushing Prude's head into the pavement for over two minutes.

He told Prude to stop spitting while another officer places a knee on the naked man's back.

While Prude is restrained, his shouts appear to turn into grunts before water comes out of his mouth.

"You puking?" One of the officers asked and nother officer is seen saying "He feels pretty cold."


During his detainment, Prude remained naked and on the street before being loaded into an ambulance.

Protests were held in upstate New York after the video was revealed.

Locals gathered Wednesday outside Rochester's Public Safety Building, which also serves as its police headquarters.

Three activists were taken into custody with one reportedly taken to hospital to be treated for injuries sustained during their arrest. 

The city investigation into the incident was halted in April after the Attorney General's office started their own investigation.

"The death of Daniel Prude was a tragedy, and I extend my deepest condolences to his family," AG Letitia James said.

"I share the community’s concerns about ensuring a fair and independent investigation into his death and support their right to protest."

Prude's family wishes the officers to be fired and charged as well, CBS Chicago reported.

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