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Who are the Rochester cops involved in Daniel Prude’s death?

DANIEL Prude, a 41-year-old black man, died after cops placed a hood over his head and pressed his face into the ground, as seen in disturbing video.

Prude later died as a result of asphyxiation – and his family is now seeking justice in his death as they demand the Rochester, New York cops involved are fired and charged.


What happened to Daniel Prude?

Prude, a 41-year-old black man, was spotted running through the streets of Rochester naked on March 23.

His brother, Joe, called cops and said he was experiencing a mental health crisis.

Video showed him unclothed, complying with cops as they told him to put his hands behind his back and get on the ground.

Body camera footage shows the scene escalated, as Prude yelled at cops and spit at them.

An officer then placed a white hood over Prude's head – which one wrote they did over fears of coronavirus.

Cops were then seen pressing his face into the ground for more than two minutes.

One cop told Prude to stop spitting, as another officer pressed his knee in the man's back.



Prude was heard saying officers are "trying to kill me".

Liquid was seen coming out of Prude's mouth, as one officer questioned if he was puking.

Another officer said Prude "feels pretty cold".

Prude remained naked on the street as he was loaded into an ambulance.

A week later, Prude was taken off life support at the hospital.

His death was ruled a homicide caused by complications with asphyxiation "in the setting of physical restraint."

The medical examiner also listed excited delirium and acute intoxication by phencyclidine, or PCP, as contributing factors, CBS Chicago reported.

Who were the Rochester cops involved?

There were six Rochester cops at the scene, as reported by the Democrat & Chronicle.

Officers allegedly involved in the incidents surrounding Prude's detainment include Mark Vaughn, Paul Ricotta, Andrew Specksgoor, Josiah Harris, Troy Talladay, and Sgt. Michael Magri.




Prude family attorney Elliot Shields told the Democrat and Chronicle that to his knowledge, none of the officers involved have been disciplined.

The Rochester Police Department did not immediately respond to The Sun's request for comment.

What has Daniel Prude's family said?

Prude's family is seeking justice for Daniel, and have demanded the officers involved be fired and charged.

They released body camera footage of the incident on Wednesday.

Joe Prude slammed the incidents as "cold-blooded."

"I placed a phone call for my brother to get help, not for my brother to get lynched," he told reporters.



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

"How many more brothers got to die for society to understand that this needs to stop?" he questioned.

Shields said the family will "will sue everyone who is responsible for Daniel Prude's death," during a news conference on Wednesday, the Democrat & Chronicle reported.

The organization Free the People Roc is working with the Prude family to seek justice.

What have police and officials said?

Officials have maintained that they did not try to cover up the incidents, and are working to investigate them.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said Rochester Police Chief La’Ron Singletary called her on March 23, the day of Daniel's detainment, WHAM reported.

Singletary said it "is not a cover-up," and that police opened an internal and criminal investigation into the incidents, WHAM reported.

The New York state Attorney General's office began investigating the case in April, Democrat & Chronicle reported.


New York Gov Andrew Cuomo ordered Attorney General Letitia James to investigate the incidents surrounding Prude's death in July via an executive order.

"The death of Daniel Prude was a tragedy, and I extend my deepest condolences to his family," James said in a statement on Wednesday.

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

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