A grand jury will not seek charges against officers shown on body camera video holding Daniel Prude down naked and handcuffed on a city street last winter until he stopped breathing.
New York Attorney General Letitia James announced the decision Tuesday. The 41-year-old Black man’s death last March sparked nightly protests in Rochester, New York, after the video was released nearly six months later.
A grand jury has voted not to indict any police officer on charges related to the death of Daniel Prude.
My office concluded there was sufficient evidence surrounding Mr. Prude’s death to present the case to a grand jury, and we presented the most comprehensive case possible.
— NY AG James (@NewYorkStateAG) February 23, 2021
The video made public on Sept. 4 shows Prude handcuffed and naked with a spit hood over his head as an officer pushes his face against the ground.
Lawyers for the seven police officers suspended over Prude’s death have said they were strictly following their training.
The county medical examiner listed the manner of death as a homicide.
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