The Grand Jury in New York has denied charges against Rochester police for their role in the death of Daniel Prude, a black man who died days after police detained them in March 2020.
Attorney General Letitia James of New York at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon announcing the jury’s decision, stating that “we have described the strongest possible case” and acknowledging that many will be “disappointed in this result.”
At the press conference and in tweets soraJames called for a reform of the Rochester Police Station and said the 41-year-old Prude was “in a mental health crisis” and “literally crying for help” when officers detained him while lying naked on a street.
The New York Attorney General’s Office has released a comprehensive report on his interactions with police prior to Prude’s death, including the use of a “cloak” to prevent the transfer of Covid.
James also said that Prude’s brother, Joe Prude, “called emergency doctors to deal with a mental health crisis,” and officers knew this, but continued to apply restrictions.
Calling James Prude’s apparent condition “excited delirium,” a recognized health condition that can cause people to die if they are also exposed to “increased stress”. According to James, a series of similar cases across the state can be demanded “with strikingly similar factual characteristics”. Immediate and coordinated response
James promised a “multifaceted” effort to “amend New York’s law of violence” from a subjective, simple necessity to an absolute, final solution, exhausting all other non-lethal means before resorting to lethal force. “
James said that because of the Grand Jury, secrecy laws prevented him from telling him what crimes he had asked the Grand Jury or to share any details.
Prude relatives posted police videos of the meeting last year, claiming it shows officers used excessive force. Prude died of “complications of asphyxia underlying physical restraint,” a PCP drug listed as a contributing factor, according to an autopsy report released by the family from Moniae County Medical Examiner Nadia Granger.
Joe Prude said his brother has mental health and drug problems and performed on March 22, 2020. Joe Prude called 911 that day, and Daniel Prude was hospitalized for about three hours for a mental health checkup.
The videos show officers found Prude naked in the middle of a street, shortly after 3 a.m. on March 23, 2020. Prude obeyed his orders to land face down on the floor and put his hand behind his back.
As he was handcuffed, Prude spoke seemingly pointlessly, asking the officers for a moment to gun down the officers. Police said officers spat cloaks on Prude because he said he had the Covid-19.
At one point, it turned out that Prude had stopped breathing. Paramedics tried to resuscitate him and put him in a hospital as a lifeguard. He died seven days later.
“While I know the Prude family, the Rochester community, and the entire country are rightly being destroyed, we need to respect that decision,” James said Tuesday of the Grand Jury’s rejection.
“The current laws on deadly force have created a system that has completely failed before Mr. Prude and so many others.”
Doha Madani consented.