The brother of Daniel Prude ripped Rochester police as “some cold-blooded damn killers” who “assassinated” the father of five back in March.
Joe Prude made the impassioned speech Monday night to hundreds of protesters who gathered for the sixth straight night in the upstate New York city.
“They didn’t want that tape to come out,” Joe said, referring to the newly released police body camera footage showing Daniel suffocating while in custody.
“They did not want that visual of my brother being assassinated by some cold-blooded damn killers.”
Joe vowed to continuing fighting in name of his brother, who was naked and placed in a “spit hood” by cops who then pushed his head to the ground on March 23. He died a week later after he was taken off of life support.
“If you look deep down inside your heart, you understand that all we was really asking for is justice,” Joe told the crowd. “That’s all I want for my brother. Nothing else but justice.”
Joe then thanked the crowd for “standing up for what’s right,” telling them, “Let’s love each other and let’s continue to fight the good fight.”
The deadly encounter unfolded after Joe called 911 around 3:15 a.m. seeking help for Daniel, 41, who was acting erratically. Twelve minutes of bodycam footage was released last week, showing Prude yelling while handcuffed and naked, as cops laugh.
A mesh hood was then placed over his head to stop him from spitting, with the recording showing an officer pressing Daniel’s head into the pavement for about two minutes until he stopped breathing.
The medical examiner ruled Daniel’s death a homicide, caused by “complications of asphyxia in the setting of physical restraint, excited delirium [and] acute phencyclidine [PCP] intoxication.”
New York Attorney General Letitia James has convened a grand jury to investigate Daniel’s death.
Protesters have taken to the streets demanding police reform and more accountability, including on Monday night, when they had a tense standoff with cops for nearly three hours, the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle reported.
The protests ended around 1 a.m., police said.