In the wake of the death of Daniel Prude, and amid the unrelenting increase in civil unrest; the Rochester Police Department recently announced their retirement of their entire command staff.
Earlier this year, 41-year old Prude was found him running naked in the street around 3 a.m. After law enforcement discovered him, police officers attempted to restrain the Rochester native pulling a hood over his head to stop him from spitting. The officers held him down for more than two minutes until he stopped breathing. Unfortunately, Prude died a week later after he was taken off life support.
The recent death of Prude along with recent shooting across the nation, has shed new light on the issue of mental health and how officers respond to calls involving substance abuse.
An autopsy report from the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office revealed that Daniel died from “complications of asphyxia in the setting of physical restraint.” The report ruled his death a homicide.
Earlier that day, his brother, Joe Prude called 911 seeking assistance for Daniel’s unusual behavior. The night prior, Daniel had been taken to a mental health Hospital for an evaluation; but was released after only a few hours.
There are still many questions surrounding Daniel’s death. Did police officers use excessive force? Were police restraint techniques appropriate? Should mental health professionals have been called in first?
The following questions makes the public and judicial system take a closer look into the policies and procedures of law enforcement, moving forward. What do you think? Tell us your thoughts below.