Agents involved in the death of a 41-year-old black man in Rochester, New York, are not being prosecuted. According to a so-called grand jury there is not enough evidence to sue the agents for this the death of Daniel Prude.
The incident took place in March last year, but footage came out in September after protests across America over George Floyd’s death. The footage showed Prude running naked on the street. When he started spitting on the ground, officers pulled a bag over his head, handcuffed him, and pressed him to the ground for two minutes until he stopped breathing. He passed away a week later.
The coroner said Prude was under the influence of PCP, a drug that makes you hallucinate. That contributed to Prude’s death, in addition to “complications of suffocation from a situation of physical disability.”
‘The system failed him’
The agents’ defense is that they used a permitted method with Prude: segmenting. A detainee is thereby restrained by head and means. However, that method is only allowed to put on handcuffs.
New York State Attorney Letitia James has said she was “extremely disappointed” in the decision of the New York State. grand jury: “The judicial system is counteracting efforts to hold law enforcement responsible for the wrongful killing of black Americans.” She also believes that officers should be trained to recognize the state Prude was in. Delirium due to PCP is more likely to lead to cardiac arrest. If officers had recognized that, they might have acted differently, James reasoned.
Daniel Prude’s family was also defeated by the news. “The system has failed him,” said family lawyer Elliot Shields.