Feb 23, 2021
No charges for officers involved in Daniel Prude's death after grand jury declines to indict
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"A grand jury has voted not to indict any police officer on charges related to the death of Daniel Prude," New York Attorney General Letitia James wrote in a Twitter thread Tuesday afternoon."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."
James said the ruling would "rightfully" devastate Prude's family and communities across the nation, but that "we have to respect this decision."
PROTESTS OVER THE DEATH OF DANIEL PRUDE IN ROCHESTER, NEW YORK, GET VIOLENT
"The current laws on deadly force have created a system that utterly failed Mr. Prude and so many others before him," she said.
Last March, Prude, 41, was acting erratically while visiting family in Rochester, and law enforcement officers later arrived to assist. Footage surfaced weeks later, showing the 41-year-old naked with a hood over his face while officers tried to restrain him. He later died of "complications of asphyxia in the setting of physical restraint."
"Daniel Prude was in the throes of a mental health crisis, and what he needed was compassion, care, and help from trained professionals. Serious reform is needed in the Rochester Police Department and our criminal justice system as a whole," James said. "I will be pursuing a multifaceted approach, including legislation, to address the very issues that have prevented us from holding officers accountable when they improperly use deadly force. I will be unshakeable in my efforts to bring the change that is so desperately needed."
News of Prude's death surfaced following protests and riots that resulted from the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for over eight minutes toward the end of May 2020. Prude's death amplified calls to reform law enforcement and restrict funding.
In early September, 11 people were arrested, and three Rochester police officers were injured following a violent altercation in the city. Upward of 2,000 people paraded through the streets, destroyed outdoor restaurant seating areas, and fought with law enforcement while volleys of tear gas were fired.
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Gang Clashes Increased by 24 Per Cent in France in 2020
Clashes and brawls between rivals gangs increased by 24 per cent in France in 2020, the Interior Ministry has revealed.
The Interior Ministry figures show that gang clashes have been on the rise for the last seven years and that 80 per cent of the clashes take part in the Ille-DeFrance region, where both Paris and the no-go Paris suburbs of Seine-Saint-Denis are located. In all, such events increased by 24 per cent to a total of 357 so-called violent clashes over the course of 2020.
The majority of those involved in the violence are minors under the age of 18 and the average age of those involved is just over 17-years-old, broadcaster Franceinfo reports. The site characterises the brawlers as “young men” in its report”.
Alain Bauer, a professor of criminology in Paris, stated that nearly any reason can become an excuse for violence, including arguments over drug trafficking in a certain area of simply someone looking at someone else the wrong way.
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— Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) May 21, 2020
The Ille-de-France region has become a major area for gang-related violence, and several incidents have made headlines this year, including the lynching of a Ukrainian-background teen boy who was put into a coma after a brutal attack by a gang in January.
The boy, a 14-year-old named Yuriy, was beaten nearly to death by a mob wielding iron bars, a sledgehammer, a crutch and a golf club.
Earlier this week, two 14-year-olds were killed during gang brawls over a period of two days, with one of the victims reported to be a local schoolgirl who was stabbed in the stomach on Monday.
Just a day later, another teenager was stabbed in the throat near the Boussy-saint-Antoine swimming pool. The brawl saw two boys stabbed in total and is said to have involved around 40 gang members from Epinay-sous-Senart and Quincy-sous-Sénart.
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