TRIGGER WARNING: EXTREME VIOLENCE AGAINST UNARMED, NAKED AFRICAN-AMERICAN MAN
A chilling police custody case that happened in March 2020 is surfacing today. Victoria Albert of CBS News is reporting Daniel Prude, 41, died seven days after an altercation with police in which the victim was naked, handcuffed, had a hood placed over his head and his face pressed into the ground for more than three minutes by members of the Rochester Police Department. According to the medical examiners autopsy report, the death has been classified as a homicide and the cause is asphyxiation.
Prude’s family lawyer Don Thompson and his family held a press conference today. His brother Joe stated, they called the police for help and informed them when they came to the door, “My brother is only a threat to himself, not you so don’t kill my damned brother. Not even fifteen minutes later they come back telling me my brother’s dead.” Watch below:
The family of Daniel Prude wants the officers arrested.
Mayor Lovely Warren, who is African American has asked for patience because the Attorney General’s office has to investigate and prosecute these types of cases. The mayor said, “The case is not within our control because the executive order outlines the case has to be handled by the attorney general’s office.” Brown also added, “I know that the Prude family is frustrated right now, but rest assured, we are going to make sure we do everything possible to ensure that the truth comes out and that justice is held here.”
Rochester police chief La’Ron Singletary, who is also African-American said, “This is not a cover-up,” and added the officers have not been suspended.
Protesters are calling for the mayor and police chief to resign.
This story is developing.
This breaking news post was written by Nsenga K. Burton, founder & editor-in-chief of The Burton Wire. Follow her on Twitter @Ntellectual.
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