The family of Daniel Prude participated in a community celebration of his life in Rochester, New York, last night.
His relatives, visiting from Chicago and Florida, took part in the demonstration in his memory on Jefferson Avenue, where he was arrested.
Rochester, a city of 200,000 people on Lake Ontario, erupted with protests last week after the Prude family released body camera footage from the arrest.
The family of Daniel Prude (pictured) participated in a community celebration of his life in Rochester, New York, last night
His relatives, visiting from Chicago and Florida, took part in the demonstration in his memory
The demonstration took place on Jefferson Avenue, where he was arrested after his brother phoned 911 about his erratic behaviour
It showed police putting a ‘spit hood’, designed to protect police from bodily fluids, over the 41-year-old black man’s head after he complied with being handcuffed.
At the celebration of Prude’s life, his brother Joe Prude said to the demonstrators gathered that ‘police are afraid of people in power’ according to the Democrat & Chronicle.
The crowd welcomed Daniel Prude’s father, Joe Cole, who wept as his son Joe embraced him.
R&B soul artist Danielle Ponder sang at the event, and called it ‘an opportunity for a breather’ following days of protesting.
Prude, from Chicago, died after an encounter with police in March, but news of the incident didn’t come to light until September 2.
Rochester erupted with protests last week after the Prude family released body camera footage from the arrest
Prude’s family wore t-shirts with his face on them and the Jefferson Ave street sign in the background
Prude, who had mental health issues, died after being restrained by police. His family wore tops with writing about black mental health to bring attention to the issue
It is now being investigated by the New York State Attorney General’s Office.
Protesters demanded justice for him for the ninth straight night in Rochester, and demonstrated peacefully on Thursday.
Officers had responded to a 911 call made by his brother, seeking help for Prude’s erratic behaviour on March 23.
Prude, who had mental health issues, was naked at the time of his arrest, and was handcuffed and pinned down to the pavement as officers restrained him.
His family are demanding justice and took part in the peaceful demonstrations on Thursday
Prude’s family alleges there has been an internal cover up of his death in the police department
He lost consciousness and died a week later after he was taken off life support.
Mayor Lovely Warren has announced the suspension of seven officers involved in the arrest and promises reforms to the city’s police department.
A federal civil lawsuit filed from the Prude family against the City of Rochester alleges there was an internal cover-up, according to Rochester First.