UPDATE 2-Police officers in Rochester, NY suspended after asphyxiating Black man, mayor says

NEW YORK, Sept 3- The police officers involved in the arrest and asphyxiation death of Daniel Prude, a Black man, have been suspended after video of the March incident was released this week, the mayor of Rochester, New York said on Thursday. Daniel Prude was failed by our police department, our mental health care system, our society, and he was failed by me, ” Rochester…

By Gabriella Borter and Jonathan Allen

NEW YORK, Sept 3 (Reuters) – The police officers involved inthe arrest and asphyxiation death of Daniel Prude, a Black man,have been suspended after video of the March incident wasreleased this week, the mayor of Rochester, New York said onThursday.

Prude’s family released on Wednesday body camera footagefrom his arrest in March, showing a group of officers in theupstate New York City putting a hood over his head – apparentlyto prevent his spit from possibly transmitting the novelcoronavirus – as he knelt on the ground, handcuffed and naked.

Prude’s family has called for the arrest of the officersinvolved in his death, which came seven days after the incident.Prude was 41.

The Monroe County medical examiner ruled Prude’s death ahomicide caused by “complications of asphyxia in the setting ofphysical restraint,” according to an autopsy report, the NewYork Times reported.

“Mr. Daniel Prude was failed by our police department, ourmental health care system, our society, and he was failed byme,” Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren, who is Black, toldreporters. “We cannot continue to fail Black lives in this way.”

Prude’s asphyxiation occurred two months before the death ofGeorge Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, which spurredinternational protests against police brutality and racialinjustice in the United States.

Prude’s family obtained video of the arrest after filing afreedom of information act request, CBS-affiliate WROC-TVreported.

Rochester police chief La’Ron Singletary told reporters onWednesday that internal and criminal investigations wereunderway.

Rochester police declined further comment on Thursday, and alawyer for Prude’s family did not immediately respond to arequest for comment.

(Reporting by Gabriella Borter and Jonathan AllenEditing by Alistair Bell and Marguerita Choy)

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