'This is madness': Restaurant terrorised as New York protesters erupt
Protests have erupted in the state of New York, following the family of a black man releasing the footage of his arrest which resulted in his death.
Footage taken by FreedomNewsTV shows crowds of Black Lives Matter protestors swarming a restaurant in Rochester, New York, where 29-year-old Daniel Prude was killed in March.
While the protestors can be heard chanting “Black Lives Matter” it sounds as though plates or glasses are being shattered and patrons are seen getting up from their tables and leaving.
“Nobody is going to touch you, we’re shutting the party down,” one person yells.
#HappeningNow the protesters in Rochester NY are "shutting down restaurants", tables are broken, people running off scared #rochesterprotests pic.twitter.com/oxmlZp526w
— @SCOOTERCASTER (FNTV) (@ScooterCasterNY) September 5, 2020
The video also shows people throwing chairs on to empty tables, to which someone yells at the crowd: “Don’t throw s**t”.
Another clip shows protestors moving through tables and one person holding a sign who smashes the plates and glasses sitting in front of patrons.
More than 1000 demonstrators gathered on Friday night (local time) to protest police brutality and racial inequality.
— Gino Fanelli (@GinoFanelli) September 5, 2020
There have been posts on social media to suggest the police deployed tear gas to disperse the crowd.
Daniel Prude, a 41-year-old Black man, died March 30 after he was taken off life support, seven days after the encounter with police in Rochester.
His death received no public attention until Wednesday (local time), when his family held a news conference and released police body camera video and written reports they obtained through a public records request.
The video shows a group of officers putting a mesh hood over Prude’s head - apparently to prevent his spit from possibly transmitting the novel coronavirus - as he kneels naked and restrained on the street.
Prude’s head was then pressed onto the pavement for two minutes, according to video footage and records released by Prude’s family. He died a week later in hospital.
The head of Rochester, New York’s police union on Friday defended the actions of officers involved in the arrest of Mr Prude, saying they followed protocols in using a hood to restrain him.
“They had to do exactly what they did,” Rochester Police Locust Club President Michael Mazzeo told a news conference, adding that there was a “substantial amount of evidence to show why the protocols” used by the officers were employed.
Seven police officers were suspended Thursday over the arrest.
The medical examiner ruled his death a homicide caused by “complications of asphyxia in the setting of physical restraint”, with intoxication by phencyclidine, or the drug PCP, among additional contributing factors.
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