There have been a protest in Rochester, N.Y., after the release of the police body-camera footage of a Black man, Daniel Prude who died after being injured during his arrest last March.
On March 23, Daniel Prude was arrested by Rochester Police after his brother, concerned for Prude’s safety, had called 911.
Prude, 41, had been released from Rochester’s Strong Memorial Hospital earlier that night after expressing suicidal thoughts.
When Rochester Police officers came upon Prude, he was naked and in distress. Prude had allegedly just gone on a destructive tear, according to police reports, smashing out the windows of several storefronts and ranting about having the coronavirus.
On Wednesday, Prude’s family for the first time released body-camera footage of the incident and demanded that the officers be held accountable.
Prude’s brother, Joe Prude, said at a news conference Wednesday that he called Rochester police the night of the incident to help find his brother, who was mentally ill, and was shocked to learn that the outcome had led to his brother’s death.
“I placed a phone call for my brother to get help. Not for my brother to get lynched,” Joe Prude said at the news conference.
This is coming two months before George Floyd died in the custody of Minneapolis police.
The body-cam video shows an officer ordering him to get on the ground and put his hands behind his back.
The protest has settled on Jefferson Avenue and McCREE Way where Daniel Prude died.
Candles and flowers placed for Daniel Prude who died In Police custody in Rochester New York on March 23, 2020.