A grand jury has voted no He will press charges against the seven police officers involved in Daniel Prude’s death, New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) announced Tuesday.
James said during a news conference that his office presented a “lengthy case” to the grand jury and did “everything possible to prove the facts. But ultimately, we have to respect the decision. ”
Prude, a black man, died on March 30, a week after being arrested after running naked through the streets. The video of officers pinning him down and placing a “spitting hood” over his head went viral, sparking national outrage.
Prude’s death came to attention after her family posted images of the incident in early September, accusing the city of covering up her death. The incident itself occurred two months before the police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis last May, which sparked months of protests against police brutality.
A medical examiner ruled that his death was a homicide caused by “complications from suffocation under physical restraint.”
James’ office released a 200-page report on Tuesday concluding there was enough evidence to present the case to a grand jury, as well as recommendations to reform the use of force laws.
“The current laws on lethal force have created a system that totally and abjectly failed Mr. Prude and so many others before him. Serious reform is needed, not just in the Rochester Police Department, but in our criminal justice system as a whole, ”James said in a statement accompanying the report’s release. “I will continue to take a multifaceted approach to address the same issues that have kept us from holding officers accountable when they misuse deadly force.”
Amid the aftermath of Prude’s death, the officers involved were suspended with pay and Rochester, NY Police Chief La’Ron Singletary retired. Documents later released by the City of Rochester showed that police tried to withhold information about Prude’s death for months.
Updated at 5:08 pm