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US New York grand jury votes not to indict police officers for Daniel Prude death

00:20  24 february  2021
00:20  24 february  2021 Source:   reuters.com

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A grand jury voted not to indict any officers in the death of Daniel Prude , a Black man who died after police pinned him to the ground in March, New York Attorney General Leticia James said Tuesday.

New York 's attorney general has said a grand jury will be formed to investigate the death of Daniel Prude , an unarmed black man who suffocated after being restrained by police . Mr Prude - who suffered from mental health issues - died after officers put him in a "spit hood", designed to protect police from detainees' saliva. Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement: "The Prude family and the Rochester community have been through great pain and anguish. My office will immediately move to empanel a grand jury as part of our exhaustive investigation into this matter."

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A grand jury in New York state voted not to indict police officers for the death of Daniel Prude, a Black man who died of asphyxiation while in police custody in March 2020 in the city of Rochester, state Attorney General Letitia James said on Tuesday.

Demonstrators take part in a protest in Rochester, New York © Reuters/BRENDAN MCDERMID Demonstrators take part in a protest in Rochester, New York a police car parked in a parking lot: Police cars at City Public Safety Building in Rochester, New York © Reuters/LINDSAY DEDARIO Police cars at City Public Safety Building in Rochester, New York

Prude's family obtained body-worn camera footage of Prude's death, which they released in September, that showed him naked in a snowy street, a so-called mesh "spit hood" placed over his head.

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Seven police officers in Rochester, New York , involved in the March arrest of a Black man who was pinned to the ground and later died have been suspended, the city's mayor announced.

6, 2020 file photo, New York State Attorney General Letitia James takes a question at a news conference in New York . Kathy Willens/Associated Press. New York 's attorney general, Letitia James, announcd Saturday she would form a grand jury for the death of Daniel Prude , a Black man who died in A police union has defended the officers involved in the encounter, saying they were strictly following department training and protocols, including using the mesh hood. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. New York 's attorney general on Saturday moved to form a grand jury to investigate the

James said her office had hoped to secure indictments.

"I know that the Prude family, the Rochester community and communities across the country will rightfully be disappointed this outcome," James said at a news conference in Rochester, a city in upstate New York.

a sign on the side of a street in front of a brick building: Memorial on Jefferson Avenue in Rochester, New York © Reuters/LINDSAY DEDARIO Memorial on Jefferson Avenue in Rochester, New York

(Reporting by Jonathan Allen; editing by Jonathan Oatis and Lisa Shumaker)

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