No Justice for Daniel Prude

At press time we learned that a grand jury has voted not to bring charges against the seven police officers involved in the death of Daniel Prude. New York Attorney General Letitia James made the announcement on Tuesday.

James said during a press conference that her office presented an “extensive case,” to the grand jury, and made “every attempt to demonstrate the facts. But ultimately, we have to respect the decision.”

Prude, a Black man, died on March 30, one week after he was detained after running naked throughout the streets. Video of officers pinning him down and placing a “spit hood” over his head went viral, drawing national outrage.

The incident itself occurred two months before the police killing 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 of asphyxia in the setting of physical restraint.”

James’s office released a 200-page report on Tuesday concluding that there was enough evidence to present the case to a grand jury, as well as recommendations for reforming use-of-force laws.  

 Amid the fallout of Prude’s death, the officers involved were suspended with pay, and Rochester, N.Y. Police Chief La’Ron Singletary retired. Documents later released by the City of Rochester showed that police attempted to withhold information about Prude’s death for months.