The mayor of Rochester, New York, has suspended seven police officers involved in the suffocation death of a Black man named Daniel Prude in March. The decision came one day after the man’s family released shocking video of his death. Prude died from asphyxiation after officers handcuffed him, put a hood over his head and then pushed his face into the freezing cold ground for two minutes while kneeling on his back. Prude was naked and unarmed. Rochester Mayor Lovely Ann Warren apologized to Prude’s family.
Mayor Lovely Ann Warren: “Mr. Daniel Prude was failed by our police department, our mental healthcare system, our society. And he was failed by me.”
Daniel Prude’s daughter, Tashyrah Prude, appeared on CNN Thursday and called for the officers to be fired and charged with murder.
Tashyrah Prude: “I would like to see them be fired and charged with murder. There is video footage of these people suffocating my father. My father was murdered by these police officers. There is no reason why they should be on a paid suspension. They should be arrested, and they should be tried as the killers that they are.”