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The attorney general released six edited video clips of Daniel Prude’s fatal encounter with police officers in Rochester on Friday, all from the officers’ body-worn cameras.

The attorney general released the videos, along with body and dash camera footage of Troy Hodge’s fatal encounter with police in Lockport, Niagara County. The office has ongoing investigations into both men’s deaths and a grand jury has been convening its Prude investigation.

“Our criminal justice system needs major reform to restore trust between the police and the communities they serve,” Attorney General Letitia James said in a press release. “The key to this reform is increased transparency. That’s why I proactively post video footage from our active investigation into police killings. All of our communities deserve transparency, accountability and equity, and I believe this is a critical step in moving us forward. “

Given the amount of body camera footage previously released by Prude family lawyers and activists, the clips are unlikely to contain any new revelations.

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A screenshot from police cameras of the arrest of Daniel Prude.  Prude had only been released from Strong Memorial Hospital hours earlier after a mental evaluation.

  • A screenshot from police cameras of the arrest of Daniel Prude. Prude had only been released from Strong Memorial Hospital hours earlier after a mental evaluation.

The longest of the videos, a 12.5 minute shot from Officer Mark Vaughn’s body-worn camera, begins when the officer first met Prude, who was in the middle of Jefferson Ave. naked and obviously in distress. All six clips were released on Friday when Prude, who suffocated and passed out while officers detained him, was loaded into an ambulance to be transported to Strong Memorial Hospital.

Prude died at Strong’s a week later. The Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office listed the cause of death of Prude in its autopsy report as “Complications of asphyxiation with restraint due to agitated delerium from acute phencyclidine intoxication,” an indication that Prude may have a high PCP value.

Daniel Prude was asphyxiated by Rochester police, his family says

Daniel Prude was 41 when he died on March 30, 2020.

Daniel Prude was asphyxiated by Rochester police, his family says

Two months before George Floyd’s death by Minneapolis police sparked national protests, Daniel Prude is believed to have died similarly in Rochester.

By Jeremy Moule

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Activists and lawyers for the Prude family have argued that officials used excessive force in detaining Prude, who was already handcuffed and without a gun. The news of his death sparked protests for several weeks against the Rochester Police Department, which repeatedly fired PepperBalls and shot tear gas into the crowd.

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New York Attorney General Letitia James spoke at Aenon Baptist Church in Rochester on Sunday, September 20, 2020.  - PHOTO BY JAMES BROWN

  • PHOTO BY JAMES BROWN

  • New York Attorney General Letitia James spoke at Aenon Baptist Church in Rochester on Sunday, September 20, 2020.

Daniel Prude was asphyxiated by Rochester police, his family says

Daniel Prude was 41 when he died on March 30, 2020.

Daniel Prude was asphyxiated by Rochester police, his family says

Two months before George Floyd’s death by Minneapolis police sparked national protests, Daniel Prude is believed to have died similarly in Rochester.

By Jeremy Moule

news

Attorneys for the seven officers involved in the incident stopped their clients from tracking their education by using a restraint technique known as segmentation that they were taught during training sessions in January and February. They also found that Prude was in a state of hyperthermia – meaning he was overheated – which could have been caused by PCP poisoning.

You can find the video clips at ag.ny.gov/sipu/footage/daniel-prude.

Jeremy Moule is the news editor for CITY. He can be reached at jmoule@rochester-citynews.com.

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