Police ‘body camera and dashboard recordings recorded as part of the investigation into the deaths of Daniel Prude and Troy Hodge were released on Friday.
The 11 videos were published through Letitia James, a special investigation and prosecution unit in the New York Attorney General, showing interactions between Prude and Rochester Police and Hodge and Lockport Police. James said the move was to increase transparency.
“Our criminal justice system needs significant reform to restore trust between the police and the communities they serve,” he said in a statement. “Increased transparency is the key to reform, so I will proactively release videos of our police’s active investigation of murders. All of our communities deserve transparency, accountability and justice, and I believe that is a critical step forward.”
Prude, a 41-year-old black man, died in March, a week after responding officers put a hood over his head to prevent him from spitting on them. It took about two minutes for her to stop breathing.
On March 23, around 3 a.m., Rochester officers found Prude naked on the street visiting the Chicago family.
He died of repression, his death was condemned to murder. Prude’s family released police body camera footage of the September incident, which triggered protests with some riot, with the resignation of several officials, including the city’s chief of police, and the suspension of seven officers.
Videos published by James ’office include Mark Vaughn, Andrew Specksgoor, Josiah Harris, Troy Taladay and Santiago Francisco, and Sgt. The meeting of his officers is visible. Michael Magri. They were among the officers suspended by pay.
The recording does not provide new information for the case, which is still being investigated by the Attorney General.
Hodge died after meeting with members of the Lockport Police Department and the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities said they answered a call from an “out of control” on June 15, 2019, and found the 39-year-old man, WKBW-TV reported.
The five videos show the situation of the responding officers who arrived when the other officers were at Hodge. The footage shows several officers squeezing Hodge to the ground. One of the officers appears to have legs on Hodge’s neck.
“Don’t kill me, man,” Hodge says.
“No one is going to kill you,” an officer replies.
As he continues to fight, one of the officers says, “Here we are trying to help you. There are some things we need to clean up.”
Eventually, he loses consciousness. An EMT arrives and says it can’t find a pulse. Hodge was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. The autopsy revealed that he died “of homicide and acute cocaine poisoning,” the newspaper said.
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Both deaths are being investigated by James’ office.