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Daniel Prude’s Death: What to Know

While sitting in the street, Mr. Prude grows agitated, at one point saying: Give me your gun. I need it. He spits on the ground multiple times, but does not seem to be aiming at the officers.
An officer covers Mr. Prudes head with a mesh hood. He begins rolling in the road, pleading for it to be taken off.
[What are spit hoods, and why do the police use them?]
A minute later, after spitting inside the hood and shouting, Give me the gun, Mr. Prude seems to try to rise to his feet. Three officers push him to the ground.
One officer holds Mr. Prudes head face down, and the hood remains on. After two minutes, Mr. Prude is no longer moving or speaking, and an officer can be heard asking, You good, man?
An ambulance arrives, and a paramedic begins performing CPR as Mr. Prude remains handcuffed and officers search for a handcuff key.
Finally, the handcuffs are removed, and Mr. Prude is placed on a stretcher and into the ambulance.
Mr. Prude died on March 30 after he was removed from life support, seven days after being detained.
The Monroe County medical examiner ruled the death a homicide caused by complications of asphyxia in the setting of physical restraint, according to an autopsy report. Excited delirium and acute intoxication by phencyclidine, or the drug PCP, were contributing factors, the report more

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