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.
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.