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  • Daniel Prude was left brain dead after the incident and later died on March 30 when he was taken off of life support – seven days after the encounter
  • His brother phoned for help on March 23 at 3am after he left his house in Rochester in the snow, wearing nothing but underwear
  • Prude was behaving erratically, stripping as he walked through the streets and – according to police – smashing windows
  • Four cops responded; they told him to sit on the ground, which he did, and handcuffed him 
  • He yelled at them that he had COVID-19 and they put a ‘spit hood’ over his head then laughed while he yelled profanities at them
  • When he tried to get to his feet, three cops pounced to hold him on the ground 
  • After three minutes of holding him down, they noticed fluid coming out of his mouth and that he was unconcious
  • He was taken to the hospital but never woke up and was taken off life support three days later  
  • The medical examiner ruled his death a homicide, on account of complications caused from asphyxia from physical restraint, as well as PCP intoxication 
  • The four cops remain on the force and it’s unclear if they are still in the field or on desk duty 
  • New York’s Attorney General Letitia James said she is investigating the incident