A light snow was falling on Rochester, NY, the streets were empty and dark at 3 a.m. when the call came on the police radio: A naked man, under the influence of PCP, ran outside shouting he had the coronavirus.
Rochester Police officers came and handcuffed man Daniel Prude, 41. He sat in the street, grazing and incoherent, praising Jesus before demanding that officials give him a weapon, according to video footage of the March 23 meeting.
Then he began to spit on the floor. An officer unfolded a net hood – a safety device to prevent prisoners from spitting on it ̵
When he tried to get up, the officers forced Mr. Prude face down on the floor. One of them held his head on the sidewalk, according to a video from the officer’s body camera. Mr Prude’s request to remove the hood turned to gurgling noises when an ambulance arrived. Moments later, Mr. Prude stopped breathing. He was resuscitated in the ambulance and hospitalized, but he never regained consciousness. He died seven days later.
Those two deadly minutes, announced nationally on Wednesday with the release of the raw police videos of Mr. Prude’s family, are the last to stir another American city outraged over the death of a black man in custody . The protesters took to the streets of Rochester and Mr Prude’s relatives asked questions known from previous fatal encounters with the police, such as: B. Why the officers were not suspended.
On Thursday, Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren suspended seven officials involved in the confrontation.
The disciplinary action was the first in more than five months since Mr Prude’s death. On Wednesday, Attorney General Letitia James made her first statement on the case, offering condolences to Mr. Prude’s family and promising “a fair and independent investigation” that began not long after Mr. Prude’s death. “We will work tirelessly to ensure the transparency and accountability that all of our communities deserve,” she said.
After high profile victims of deadly encounters with police across the country, including George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, and the shooting of Jacob Blake, the delay between Mr Prude’s death and the confirmation of an investigation by Ms. Prude. James and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo – Both Democrats who spoke out on the subject of police brutality were shocked.
On Wednesday night, as indignation over the circumstances surrounding Mr. Prude’s death spread, Mr. Cuomo said he had not seen the body camera footage. Until Thursday, however, the governor called “for answers,” saying the video was “deeply worrying” and calling for the investigation to be accelerated.
“For the sake of Mr. Prude’s family and the Rochester Parish, I urge that this case be closed as soon as possible,” the governor said in a statement. “For this to happen, we need the full and timely cooperation of the Rochester Police Department, and I trust that it will be fully complied with.”
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Updated September 1, 2020
Why is it safer to hang out together outside?
- Outdoor gatherings reduce the risk as the wind spreads viral droplets and sunlight can kill some of the virus. Open spaces prevent the virus from building up and being inhaled in concentrated quantities. This can happen when infected people exhale in confined spaces for long periods of time, said Dr. Julian W. Tang, virologist at the University of Leicester.
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- In the beginning, the coronavirus appeared to be primarily a respiratory illness – many patients had a fever and chills, were weak and tired, and coughed a lot, although some people don’t show many symptoms at all. Those who seemed the sickest had pneumonia or acute respiratory distress syndrome and were given supplemental oxygen. By now, doctors have identified many more symptoms and syndromes. In April, the CDC added to the list of the first signs of a sore throat, fever, chills and muscle aches. Gastrointestinal disorders such as diarrhea and nausea have also been observed. Another tell-tale sign of infection can be a sudden, profound decrease in your sense of smell and taste. In some cases, teenagers and young adults have developed painful red and purple lesions on their fingers and toes – nicknamed “Covid Toe” – but few other serious symptoms.
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- The coronavirus spreads mainly through droplets from your mouth and nose, especially when you cough or sneeze. The CDC, one of the organizations using this measure, bases its six-foot recommendation on the idea that most of the large droplets that people make when they cough or sneeze fall within six feet of the ground. But six feet has never been a magical number that guarantees complete protection. For example, sneezing, according to a recent study, can trigger droplets that are much farther than two meters away. It’s a rule of thumb: it is safest to stand six feet apart, especially when it’s windy. But always wear a mask even if you think they are far enough apart.
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- As of now, this seems likely for at least a few months. There have been appalling reports of people apparently suffering from a second attack of Covid-19. However, experts say these patients may have a protracted course of infection, with the virus taking a slow toll weeks to months after initial exposure. People infected with the coronavirus typically produce immune molecules called antibodies, which are protective proteins made in response to an infection. These antibodies can only last for two to three months in the body, which may seem worrying, but that’s perfectly normal after an acute infection subsides, said Dr. Michael Mina, an immunologist at Harvard University. It may be possible to get the coronavirus again, but it is highly unlikely to be possible in a short window of time after the initial infection or make people sick the second time.
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The Monroe County coroner, according to an autopsy report, ruled that Mr. Prude’s death was a murder caused by “complications of asphyxiation with restraint.”
“Excited delirium” and acute intoxication from phencyclidine or the drug PCP contributed to this, the report said.
Even so, the blatant scene – a black man handcuffed and sitting on a street with only a white hood on – seemed a shocking combination of physical helplessness and racist images from another era.