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(CNN)A grand jury voted not to indict any officers in the death of Daniel Prude, a Black man who died after police pinned him to the ground in March, New York Attorney General Leticia James said Tuesday.

"Daniel Prude was in the throes of a mental health crisis and what he needed was compassion, care, and help from trained professionals.
Tragically, he received none of those things," James said in a statement. "We concluded that there was sufficient evidence surrounding Mr. Prude's death to warrant presenting the case to a grand jury, and we presented the most comprehensive case possible. "While I know that the Prude family, the Rochester community, and communities across the country will rightfully be devastated and disappointed, we have to respect this decision," James added.
    Police dash and body camera footage, released to the public months after the incident, showed officers handcuffing a naked Prude and covering his head with a "spit sock" after he claimed he had the coronavirus and was spitting. Independent investigator in Daniel Prudes death granted subpoena power, says no one is off limitsThe officers held him and pushed him to the ground in a prone position, according to the video, which also showed officers kneeling on Prude.Read MoreEMTs arrived later and began to perform chest compressions, the video showed. Prude was placed on a gurney and into an ambulance.When Prude arrived at the hospital, he was brain-dead, according to his brother. He died a week later.Seven police officers involved in the arrest were suspended. The police union has insisted the officers followed their training and protocols.Prude, 41, was having a mental health episode on March 23 when his brother Joe called the Rochester Police Department for help, his family told reporters. Heres what spit socks and spit hoods are, and how police use themPrude's death was ruled a homicide by the Monroe County Medical examiner, according to a copy of the autopsy report obtained by lawyers for his family. The report cited complications of asphyxia in the setting of physical restraint as a finding. The report also cited excited delirium and acute PCP intoxication as causes of death.Family members connected his March death -- two months before George Floyd's death in similar circumstances -- to the movement against police violence toward Black people. Protests erupted in Rochester after the body cam footage was released.The death also raised questions about how police respond to cases involving people in a mental health crisis. Police are often the first to respond to reports of a person acting erratically, and they occasionally use police tactics or force in their response.Rochester police chief fired in wake of Daniel Prude deathThe Rochester City Council in September authorized subpoena power to a New York City law firm leading the independent investigation into the city's handling of the case -- particularly whether there was internal cover-up, and how information about Prude's death was kept from the public in the city in western New York.In September, the city released 325 pages of internal emails, police reports and other documents that showed a concerted effort by police and city officials to delay the release of incriminating body camera footage.In one released police incident report, among many edits, some prosaic, Prude's name is written in the space labeled "Victim." Prude's name is circled in red, next to a large, handwritten note: "Make him a suspect."Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren pushed out the police chief ahead of his retirement and suspended two other city employees.
      Prude's sister in September filed suit in federal court against the former police chief, 13 officers and the city, claiming in part a department cover-up of the death.The former police chief, La'Ron Singletary, said earlier this month that he didn't see anything "egregious" or any criminal conduct from police officers when he first watched body camera video of the incident. He testified in a virtual deposition to an independent investigator.

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      FDA Panel Votes To Recommend Johnson Johnsons Coronavirus Vaccine For Emergency Authorization

      The Food and Drug Administration’s vaccine advisory panel voted 22-0 Friday evening to recommend Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine for emergency approval, clearing the way for its authorization, distribution and administration nationwide.

      The vote followed hours of the panel live-streaming its process of scouring over data from the pharmaceutical company in order to reaffirm that the vaccine was safe for the millions of Americans who will receive it. The FDA also released the vaccine’s clinical trial data on Wednesday showing that the vaccine was effective in fighting the virus itself.

      Though the panel’s decision is merely advisory, the FDA has said that it will follow its recommendation, meaning that Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine could be approved as soon as Saturday if it follows the timeline of Pfizer and Moderna. If authorized, it will be the third coronavirus vaccine approved.

      Johnson & Johnson’s clinical data showed that its vaccine was overwhelmingly effective in combatting coronavirus cases and reducing its spread. The drugmaker said in January that its vaccine was 72% effective against the virus in the United States and 86% effective in preventing severe cases, though it was slightly less effective in South Africa, where a mutated, more contagious strain has become dominant.

      The company applied for emergency use from the FDA on Feb. 4.

      Diana Carolina, a pharmacist at Memorial Healthcare System, receives a Pfizer-BioNtech Covid-19 vaccine from Monica Puga, ARNP at Memorial Healthcare System, on December 14, 2020 in Miramar, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

      Once approved, experts believe that it could vastly mitigate supply shortages reported by states and localities across the country. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine can be stored in normal refrigerators instead of ultra-cold freezers, and unlike Pfizer and Moderna’s vaccines, requires only one dose. (RELATED: If You Had COVID, One Dose Of The Pfizer Vaccine May Be Enough)

      But even with the vaccine’s approval, its supply could be limited at first. Dr. Richard Nettles, the vice president of U.S. medical affairs at Janssen Pharmaceuticals, the drug development arm of Johnson & Johnson, said Tuesday that it was ready to ship approximately four million doses once authorized, just one-third of what the company originally said it was prepared to distribute by the end of February.

      Nettles added that Johnson & Johnson could manufacture 20 million doses by the end of March and has a contract to deliver 100 million doses by the end of June.

      While the U.S. initially got off to a slow start at administering the vaccines, the rate has accelerated over the past month, with daily vaccinations averaging well over one-million a day, according to the CDC.

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