Police officers who hooded and held a deceased Afro-descendant citizen face down during his arrest in March in Rochester, New York, will not be charged with his death, state attorney general Letitia James announced Tuesday.
James, who did not hide his regret when giving the news, considered that there was insufficient evidence to blame those involved in the death of Daniel Prude, 41, who was suffering a psychotic episode when he was arrested.
“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 did not receive any of those things, “James said in a statement.
“Prude’s death” could have been prevented “
The prosecutor stated that current laws on the use of lethal force “have created a system that totally and miserably failed Prude and so many others before him.”
“Serious reforms are needed, not just in the Rochester Police Department, but in our criminal justice system as a whole,” he explained.
In this way, he indicated that there are still “serious concerns” about the conduct of the Rochester police and issued a series of recommendations, mainly on how the police should face a mental health crisis.
For his part, the Rochester police chief resigned in September after days of protests in the wake of Prude’s death.
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It all began on March 23, when the victim’s brother called the police to help Prude, who was suffering a psychotic breakdown and had gone out naked to the snowy streets at dawn.
Video obtained by the family in September, filmed by cameras placed on the officers’ clothing, shows Daniel Prude naked and unarmed.
The police ordered him to fall to the ground and he obeyed and was handcuffed. But then he was agitated. The policemen then placed a hood on him designed to prevent the officers from spitting or biting the detainees, and forced him to keep his head upside down for two minutes.
Prude lost consciousness. The police tried to resuscitate him, but were unsuccessful and transferred him to the hospital, where he died a week later, when he was removed from the machines that kept him alive.
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