‘They Killed a Son’: Family of Black Man Who Was Suffocated Speaks Out

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‘They Killed a Son’: Family of Black Man Who Was Suffocated Speaks Out

Seven police officers were suspended and there were protests in Rochester, N.Y., over the death of Daniel Prude, who suffocated after officers put a hood over his head during a mental health call in March.

Which side are you on, my people, which side are you on? Which side are you on, my people, which side are you on? They killed a son, a brother, an uncle. For no reason. That’s what we’ve seen is that the use of these bags can and does increase the risk of asyphyxia. We see in this case that Mr. Prude actually vomited inside the bag and spent the last moments of his life essentially breathing in his own vomit. I placed a phone call for my brother to get help, not for my brother to get lynched. That is why I am suspending the officers in question today against the advice of counsel.

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