All seven Rochester officers involved in the death of Daniel Prude, a 41-year-old Black man who suffocated to death after police pinned him to the ground, have been cleared of wrongdoing, authorities said Tuesday.
New York Attorney General Letitia James said that while her office “presented the strongest case possible,” a grand jury decided “not to indict any officers” involved in the March 23, 2020 death. James also released a 204-page report into Prude’s death, which states that he initially complied with authorities during his arrest and was in need of mental medical assistance.
“I know that the Prude family, the Rochester community ,and communities across the country will rightly be disappointed by this outcome,” James said, adding that while she is “extreme disappointed” and wanted a different criminal outcome “ultimately we have to respect the decision.”
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