Police Officers Not Charged for Daniel Prude Death

Headline Roundup February 24th, 2021

A New York grand jury voted not to charge seven police officers suspended over the death of Daniel Prude, state Attorney General Letitia James announced Tuesday. Body camera footage of the officers placing a mesh hood over Prude’s head and pinning him to the ground sparked protests in Rochester, NY in September 2020. Prude died in March 2020; his autopsy lists his manner of death as “homicide” and his cause of death as “complications of asphyxia in the setting of physical restraint,” excited delirium and acute phencyclidine (PCP) intoxication.

The story was featured more prominently in left- and center-rated outlets. Coverage in some right-rated outlets included descriptions of disruption during the September protests. Coverage in left-rated outlets and some right-rated outlets described PCP intoxication as a "contributing factor" in Prude's death rather than a direct cause.

Police Officers Not Charged for Daniel Prude Death

From the Left
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New York's attorney general has announced no officers will be charged following an investigation into the death of Daniel Prude, a 41-year-old Black man who died after being restrained by Rochester police last year.

New York Attorney General Letitia James said Tuesday that her office presented the "strongest case possible" to a grand jury, but the grand jury decided not to indict any officers in the case. James' office is required to investigate police-involved deaths of unarmed civilians under state law.

"While I know that the Prude family, the Rochester...

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From the Center
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New York police officers filmed restraining an unarmed black man until he stopped breathing will not be charged over his death, officials say.

Daniel Prude, who had mental health issues, died in Rochester city after officers put him in "spit hood" designed to protect police.

The death in March last year led to days of protests against police.

On Tuesday, New York's attorney general said a grand jury had declined to indict any officers in the case.

"I know that the Prude family, the Rochester community and communities across the...

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From the Right
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A New York grand jury on Tuesday declined to indict the officers involved in the death of Daniel Prude, a black man who died from asphyxiation while in police custody in March 2020.

"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...

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