Family of Black Man Who Suffocated Calls for Charges Against N.Y. Police

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo demanded answers and called for an expedited probe into the death of Daniel Prude, a Black man who suffocated during a March police incident in Rochester.

People protested outside Rochester’s police headquarters after body-camera footage released by Prude’s family on Wednesday showed the officers covered the man’s head with a hood and pressed his face into the ground. The family called for charges against the officers. The incident has been under investigation by state Attorney General Letitia James’s office since April. On Thursday, Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren suspended the officers, WHEC-TV in Rochester reported.

“Mr. Prude’s tragic death requires full accountability for any and all wrongdoing and an immediate and complete investigation, which Attorney General James is currently doing,” U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer of New York said in a statement. Cuomo, in a separate statement, said he watched the video Wednesday night and found it “deeply disturbing.”

“For the sake of Mr. Prude’s family and the greater Rochester community, I am calling for this case to be concluded as expeditiously as possible,” Cuomo said.

Prude’s death happened two months before George Floyd died while in Minneapolis police custody, which sparked national protests and debates over law enforcement and racial injustice. The Rochester incident received little media attention until video of the incident was released this week.

Meanwhile in Wisconsin, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said Thursday that he spoke on the phone with Jacob Blake, the Black man shot multiple times on Aug. 23 in the back by a White police officer in Kenosha. The phone call occurred during a visit with Blake’s relatives.

Biden said Blake was out of intensive care. “He talked about how nothing was going to defeat him,” Biden told a group at Grace Lutheran Church in Kenosha. “How, whether he walked again or not, he was not going to give up.”

A Fox News poll released Wednesday found that likely voters in Wisconsin preferred Biden’s handling of policing and criminal-justice issues over Trump’s by 5 percentage points. The poll found Biden leading Trump by the same margin in Arizona, another electoral battleground, while the president edged out Biden by 1 point on the issue among North Carolina voters.

Protests are planned this weekend at the Kentucky Derby, which is taking place at Churchill Downs in Louisville, the city where Breonna Taylor was fatally shot in March after police burst into her apartment. The rare Black owner of a horse in the race is facing calls to boycott it, the New York Times reported.

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“I placed a phone call for my brother to get help. Not for my brother to get lynched.”
Daniel Prude’s family has released video of his arrest, sparking protests. Prude, a Black man, died of asphyxiation after Rochester police put a spit hood on his head

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