This news has been received from: mercurynews.com

All trademarks, copyrights, videos, photos and logos are owned by respective news sources. News stories, videos and live streams are from trusted sources.

By Michael Hill and Carolyn Thompson | Associated Press

Police officers shown on body camera video holding Daniel Prude down naked and handcuffed on a city street last winter until he stopped breathing will not face criminal charges, according to a grand jury decision announced 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, with demonstrators demanding a reckoning for police and city officials.

State Attorney General Letitia James, whose office took over the prosecution and impaneled a grand jury, said her office “presented the strongest case possible” and she was “extremely disappointed” by the decision.

“The criminal justice system has frustrated efforts to hold law enforcement officers accountable for the unjustified killing of African Americans. And what binds these cases is a tragic loss of life in circumstances in which the death could have been avoided,” James said at the Aenon Missionary Baptist Church in Rochester.

“One recognizes the influences of race, from the slave codes to Jim Crow to lynching to the war on crime to the overincarceration of people of color: Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd. And now Daniel Prude,” James later added.

Lawyers for the seven police officers suspended over Prude’s death have said the officers were strictly following their training that night, employing a restraining technique known as “segmenting.” They claimed Prude’s use of PCP, which caused irrational behavior, was “the root cause” of his death.

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, while another officer presses a knee to his back. The officers held him down for about two minutes until he stopped breathing. He was taken off life support a week later.

The county medical examiner listed the manner of death as homicide caused by “complications of asphyxia in the setting of physical restraint” and cited PCP as a contributing factor.

Prude’s family filed a federal lawsuit alleging the police department sought to cover up the true nature of his death.

Officers Troy Taladay, Paul Ricotta, Francisco Santiago, Andrew Specksgoor, Josiah Harris and Mark Vaughn, along with Sgt. Michael Magri, were suspended after Prude’s death became public.

Calls were made to the officers’ attorneys. Matthew Rich, who represents four officers, said “we’re still taking it in” and said the attorneys would speak to the press later.

“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 said in a prepared release.

A message seeking comment on the decision was left for Prude family lawyer Elliot Shields.

Democratic Mayor Lovely Warren fired police chief La’Ron Singletary shortly after the video’s release, while rejecting calls from demonstrators that she resign. Singletary has said in legal papers that Warren told him to lie to support her assertion that she hadn’t learned of Prude’s death until months later, and fired him for his refusal to do so. A city spokesperson said his version of events confirms Warren never saw the video until August.

Warren announced a run for a third term in January and pleaded not guilty in October to an unrelated indictment alleging she broke campaign finance rules and committed fraud. The city’s public integrity office found no ethical lapses by the mayor in a narrow review of Prude’s death.

The city halted its investigation into Prude’s death when James’ office began its own investigation in April. Under New York law, deaths of unarmed people in police custody are typically turned over to the attorney general’s office, rather than handled by local officials.

James planned to meet with Prude’s brother, criminal justice advocates and faith leaders in Rochester to devise a plan to fight for a more just system.

“The voices of individuals of good will must be heard and they are marching and crying out for a criminal justice system that is fair and just,” James said Tuesday. “And so we must use boulders of righteousness, and hammers of intentional activism and mallets of moral clarity to bend the arc, the moral arc, towards justice and bring real equality in our time for all God’s people.”

News Source: mercurynews.com

Tags: mr roadshow cartoons pac 12 hotline celebrities mr roadshow cartoons pac 12 hotline celebrities black lives matter courts crime nation world prude’s death criminal justice system prude’s investigation police officers after the video a grand jury the decision months later daniel prude prude family in rochester his death the officers the officers

Armed cops smash ‘rent-a-gun’ gang as 350 officers swoop in dawn raids across London, Essex and Kent

Next News:

HellScream Haunted House Owner Vincent Stites Arrested For Sexual Assault On A Child

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4)– Police in Colorado Springs have arrested the owner of HellScream Haunted House on charges of sexual assault on a child. Vincent Stites, 49, was arrested after an investigation began last fall.

Vincent Stites (credit: Colorado Springs Police)

Detectives began investigating Stites in September 2020 after police were tipped off about a possible sex crime involving Stites and a child in the mid-2000s.

The alleged victim was part of his youth group at Friendship Assembly of God Church.

Stites faces charges of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust.

Other News

  • Former police chief is facing charges over fires authorities say were linked to people he had disagreements with
  • Williamson County Man Arrested on Child Exploitation Charges
  • Spectrum, a UFO soon on the launch pad?
  • Ghislaine Maxwells family slams brutal treatment in prison
  • What Do You Say DC, Friends? Jon Jones Extends an Olive Branch to Daniel Cormier After Epic Rant
  • Judge Orders Release of Proud Boy Charged in Capitol Riot
  • Years after Alameda crash left three dead, alleged driver declared mentally competent to face manslaughter charges
  • Alabamans may soon face felony charges with up to 10 years in prison or a $15k fine for providing transgender minors with hormone therapy, counseling or surgery
  • Ex-NFL star Kellen Winslow II sentenced to 14 years for rape and other sexual offenses
  • Daniel Lissing on Why He Left When Calls the Heart: Everyone Said I Was Crazy
  • Alabama Woman Arrested On Animal Cruelty Charges For Stealing Neighbors Goat And Painting It Blue
  • Home Improvement Star Tim Allen Opens Up About 2-Year Sentence Over Drug Trafficking Charges
  • 4 Arrested After Investigation Into Springfield Drug Sales
  • Cheyenne Police: Full Toddler Autopsy Results Not in Yet
  • Police: Assault By Auto, Child Abuse Charges For DWI Sussex County Man In Rt. 206 Head-On Crash
  • Attorney: Feds Take Case of Shots Fired Into Party Office
  • Accused New Jersey pimp sobs after indictment on sex-trafficking charges
  • I filmed Rodney King being savagely beaten by cops and it sparked the LA riots – 30 years on not much has changed
  • Police say no illegal knee-on-neck chokeholds used on Angelo Quinto after family files wrongful death lawsuit