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No officers will be indicted in death of Daniel Prude

Letitia James

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WBNG) -- New York Attorney General Letitia James announced Tuesday afternoon that no officers will be indicted in the investigation into the death of Daniel Prude.

The decision was decided by a grand jury.

Prude died in March 2020 in the custody of police officers.

In a news release, Attorney General James said, "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 also said that current laws had "failed" Prude.

After Prude's death, James proposed the Rochester Police Department recognize the symptoms of excited delirium syndrome, assess models for responding to crisis situations that minimize or eliminate police responses to mental health calls and New York should mandate de-escalation training for all police officers.

She also suggested the police department equip officers with body cameras and find alternatives to the use of spit socks, which prevent someone from spitting on a responding officer or emergency crew.

The Attorney General's report is posted below:


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