PROTESTS erupted in upstate New York after shocking video emerged of cops putting a hood over a black man's head before pressing his face into the ground for two minutes.
Daniel Prude - who later died as a result of asphyxiation - was detained by police on March 23 after he was spotted running naked through the streets of Rochester.
8Disturbing body camera footage shows a black man suffocating while in police custody Credit: Rochester PD
After being taken to the ground, the 41-year-old demanded officers remove the spit hood pleading "trying to kill me!".
He passed away after being taken off life support seven days later on March 30 but details of the incident have only just emerged.
The news of the tragedy sparked protests on the streets of Rochester overnight with demonstrators calling for justice outside the Police HQ.
Prude's death was ruled a homicide caused by complications with asphyxiation "in the setting of physical restraint."
Excited delirium and acute intoxication by phencyclidine, or PCP, were also listed as contributing factors by the medical examiner, CBS Chicago reported.
On Wednesday, Prude's family released police body camera footage that showed the moments leading to his eventual death.
Police responded to a 911 call from Prude's brother who said Prude was experiencing a mental health issue.
Prude was originally from Chicago and was visiting Rochester at the time of the incident.
Prude had left his brothers home moments earlier wearing only long underwear, a tank top and socks.
He then began making his way down West Main Street and started taking off his clothes.A crowd of protesters gather in the streets on Rochester
8Prude's death was ruled a homicide caused by complications with asphyxiation "in the setting of physical restraint" Credit: GoFundMe
8An officer put a white hood over Prude's head Credit: AP:Associated Press
The body camera footage shows Prude, unclothed, complying with police to put his hands behind his back and get on the ground.
The scene in the video appears to escalate as Prude yells and spits at officers while he was on the ground.
A white hood is seen on Prude's head as he demands to have it taken off.
One officer wrote that the hood was put on Prude as he was spitting in the direction of the officers and they were concerned about coronavirus.
An officer is seen pushing Prude's head into the pavement for over two minutes.
He told Prude to stop spitting while another officer places a knee on the naked man's back.
While Prude is restrained, his shouts appear to turn into grunts before water comes out of his mouth.
8Two people were reportedly arrested during the demonstration Credit: AP:Associated Press A makeshift memorial near where Daniel Prude was restrained
8The protest was held outside the local police headquarters Credit: AP:Associated Press
"You puking?" One of the officers asked.
Another officer is seen saying "He feels pretty cold."
During his detainment, Prude remained naked and on the street before being loaded into an ambulance.
On Wednesday, Prude's family criticized the officer's actions during a news conference.
Prude was visiting family when they contacted the police because they feared he was suffering mental health issues.
"I placed a phone call for my brother to get help, not for my brother to get lynched," said Joe Prude.
"That was a full-fledged, ongoing murder. Cold blooded," he told reporters.
8Prude's family wish the officers to be fired and charged Credit: CBS2 Chicago
"How many more brothers gotta die for society to understand that this needs to stop?"
According to CBS Chicago, the officers involved had not been suspended as of Wednesday afternoon.
The city investigation into the incident was halted in April after the Attorney General's office started their own investigation.
Attorney General Letitia James said it is ongoing.
"The death of Daniel Prude was a tragedy, and I extend my deepest condolences to his family," James said.
"I share the community’s concerns about ensuring a fair and independent investigation into his death and support their right to protest."
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Protests were held in upstate New York after the video was revealed.
Locals gathered Wednesday outside Rochester's Public Safety Building, which also serves as its police headquarters.
Three activists were taken into custody with one reportedly taken to hospital to be treated for injuries sustained during their arrest.
Prude's family wishes the officers to be fired and charged as well, CBS Chicago reported.