A photo of Daniel Prude who died in police custody in Rochester, New York back in March.
Family calls for arrest of officers involved in death of naked Black man
03:29 - Source: CNN
CNN  — 

“Spit socks” are under a spotlight after the death of Daniel Prude in March while in police custody in Rochester, New York.

After fielding various calls about Prude, including one saying he might be suicidal, police found him naked in the street. An officer then handcuffed him, and Prude yelled that he had the coronavirus and spat in their direction, police said. Video shows an officer putting a spit sock, a mesh head covering also called a spit hood, over his head.

Daniel Prude, 41, in an undated photo

Police sometime later held him – handcuffed and on the ground – in a prone position. He spat and appeared to have vomited, police say, and he eventually stopped breathing and died a week later at a hospital. New York Attorney General Letitia James said she is investigating the case, and seven officers have been suspended.

READ: What medical examiner’s report says about the causes of Prude’s death