According to the Democrat & Chronicle reporting about police bodycam video (see above) that was just released, “A Black man died of asphyxiation earlier this year after Rochester police officers trying to take him into protective custody pinned him to the ground while restraining him.”
However, as with much reporting of these tragic incidents, a reader needs to go dozens of paragraphs into the article to learn that Daniel Prude, the man restrained by the Rochester police, was on PCP.
“His family told police they suspected he was under the influence of the powerful hallucinogen phencyclidine, or PCP. They said he might have ingested it unknowingly.”
In fact, as reported by the Democrat & Chronicle, the cause of death according to the autopsy released by the medical examiner included numerous “complications.”
“Toxicology tests done as part of the autopsy found a low level of PCP, also known as angel dust, in his blood. The drug can induce schizophrenia and wildly erratic, violent behavior…
“The autopsy report also listed several health conditions — two different lung diseases, heart inflammation and a brain injury — that were complications of his death.
“The report at one point indicated the cause of death was “complications of asphyxia in the setting of physical restraint due to excited delirium due to acute phycyclidine intoxication…”
As with all of these police involved deaths, Red Alert News cautions against the rush to judgment that always occurs when video is first released. Almost always, there is more to the story.