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Daniel Prude, A Black Man Died after Police Pinned Him to Ground while Laying Down Naked in Cold


Wide  Protests erupted in Rochester, New York Wednesday after details were released about the death of a Chicago man who became victim for the brutality of police. The viral footage showed that he was pinned to the ground by officers there and asphyxiated.

The Chicago man, Daniel Prude,41, died months before George Floyd.

The video is hard to watch – a Black man suffocating after being taken into custody by police in Rochester, New York.

The body cam video shows Rochester officers detaining a naked 41-year-old Daniel Prude in the early hours of March 23. Prude was ordered to lie on the ground.

Police put his hands behind his back and handcuffed him.

The video shows Prude yelling and spitting as he lies completely naked on the snow-covered ground. A white spit hood is placed on his head

Later, an officer appears to be pushing his head into the pavement.

Prude was taken to the hospital, where he died days later. His death was ruled a homicide, caused by “complications of asphyxia in the setting of physical restraint.”

He was suffering from mental health issues when police restrained him in March.

He died in hospital a week later, but the news has only now become public as his family held a news conference.

The family's lawyer said the reason the case was not made public earlier was that it had taken "months" for police footage to be released.

In a statement, New York state's attorney general called the death a "tragedy" and said an investigation was under way. The officers involved have not been suspended.

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