A video which showed the moment a Black man, Daniel Prude, was killed while he was being arrested in the United States, has sparked outrage after it emerged online.
Daniel Prude, 41, died of asphyxiation after some police officers put a hood over his head.
Asphyxiation is a condition of deficient supply of oxygen to the body that arises from abnormal breathing
In the video, which was released on Wednesday by the man’s family, the police pressed his face into the pavement for two minutes.
Daniel Prude died on March 30 when he was taken off life support, seven days after the encounter with police in Rochester that left him brain dead.
Until September 2, his death did not receive any public attention, when his family held a news conference.
They further released police body camera video and written reports they obtained through a public records request.
“I placed a phone call for my brother to get help. Not for my brother to get lynched,” Prude’s brother, Joe Prude, said during a news conference.
“How did you see him and not directly say, ‘The man is defenseless, buck naked on the ground. He’s cuffed up already. Come on.’ How many more brothers gotta die for society to understand that this needs to stop?” Joe added.
Tragedy struck when Prude left Chicago to pay his brother a visit in Rochester.
It was said that due to his unruly behaviour, he was kicked off the train before it got to Rochester, in Depew, according to an internal affairs investigator’s report.
Rochester police officers then took Prude into custody for a mental health evaluation around 7 p.m. on March 22 for suicidal thoughts, this was eight hours before the encounter that led to his death.
Police responded again after Joe Prude called 911 at about 3 a.m. to report that his brother had left his house. Daniel Prude had run naked through the streets of a western New York city.
Police responded and the videos released on Wednesday by the Prude family show what transpired then.
In the video, Prude who had removed his clothes could be seen complying with the police when he was asked to get on the ground and put his hands behind his back.
Prude is agitated and shouting as he sits on the pavement in handcuffs for a few moments as a light snow falls. “Give me your gun, I need it,” he shouts.
Then, they put a white “spit hood” over his head, although in his defence, one officer explained that they put the hood on Prude because he was spitting continuously in their direction and they were concerned about coronavirus.
Prude demands they remove the hood but they do not listen to him.
Then the officers slam Prude’s head into the street. One officer, who is white, holds his head down against the pavement with both hands, saying “calm down” and “stop spitting.” Another officer places a knee on his back.
“Trying to kill me!” Prude says, his voice becoming muffled and anguished under the hood.
“OK, stop. I need it. I need it,” the prone man begs before his shouts turn to whimpers and grunts.
The officers appear to become concerned after he stops moving, falls silent and they notice water coming out of Prude’s mouth
“My man. You puking?” one says.
One officer notes that he’s been out, naked, in the street for some time. Another remarks, “He feels pretty cold.”
Watch the videos below: