NY attorney general to form grand jury after Prude death

New York's attorney general on Saturday moved to form a grand jury to investigate the death of Daniel Prude, a Black man who died after being hooded and held down by Rochester police earlier this year.

News 12 Staff

Sep 5, 2020, 10:44 PM

Updated 1,358 days ago

Share:

NY attorney general to form grand jury after Prude death
New York's attorney general on Saturday moved to form a grand jury to investigate the death of Daniel Prude, a Black man who died after being hooded and held down by Rochester police earlier this year.
“The Prude family and the Rochester community have been through great pain and anguish," Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement of Prude's death, which has sparked nightly protests and calls for reform. She said the grand jury would be part of an “exhaustive investigation.”
Prude's death after his brother called for help for his erratic behavior in March has roiled New York's third-largest city since video of the encounter was made public earlier this week, with protesters demanding more accountability for how it happened and legislation to change how authorities respond to mental health emergencies.
Another protest was planned for Saturday on the street where Prude was detained.
Advocates for such legislation say Prude’s death and the actions of seven now-suspended Rochester police officers - including one who covered the Black man’s head with a “spit hood” during the March encounter - demonstrate how police are ill-equipped to deal with people suffering mental problems.
Having police respond can be a “recipe for disaster,” The National Alliance on Mental Illness said in a statement Friday.
Prude’s death “is yet another harrowing tragedy, but a story not unfamiliar to us,” the advocacy group said. “People in crisis deserve help, not handcuffs.”
Stanley Martin, an organizer of Free the People Rochester, told reporters: “We do not need violent workers with guns to respond to mental health crises."
Activists have marched nightly in the city of 210,000 on Lake Ontario since police body camera videos of the encounter with Prude were released by his family Wednesday.
Friday night’s protest resulted in 11 arrests, police said. As they had the night before, officers doused activists at police headquarters with a chemical spray to drive them from barricades around the building.
As the night wore on, demonstrators were pushed further back, as police fired what appeared to be pepper balls. Fireworks were shot off and a bus stop was set on fire.
Prude’s family has said he appeared to be spiraling into crisis in the hours before police handcuffed him on a street and pinned the naked man face down. In the video, police are also seen covering his head with the white “spit hood,” designed to protect police from bodily fluids.
“You’re trying to kill me!” the 41-year-old man is heard saying. He died days later in what the medical examiner ruled was a homicide.
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.
Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.


More from News 12
1:17
NYPD: Knife-wielding man who charged at officers fatally shot in Bushwick

NYPD: Knife-wielding man who charged at officers fatally shot in Bushwick

1:54
STORM WATCH: Partly cloudy skies in New York City; rain and stormy conditions arrive on Memorial Day

STORM WATCH: Partly cloudy skies in New York City; rain and stormy conditions arrive on Memorial Day

1:34
NYPD: Armed man struck by unmarked police vehicle in Brownsville

NYPD: Armed man struck by unmarked police vehicle in Brownsville

0:27
FDNY: Woman faces murder, arson charges following deadly Bed-Stuy building fire

FDNY: Woman faces murder, arson charges following deadly Bed-Stuy building fire

1:58
Mayor’s office: Burglars arrested, massive illegal cannabis distributor busted in Brooklyn

Mayor’s office: Burglars arrested, massive illegal cannabis distributor busted in Brooklyn

Guide: 2024 Memorial Day Parades in New York City

Guide: 2024 Memorial Day Parades in New York City

1:58
Loved ones say goodbye to 88-year-old grandmother killed in East Flatbush fire

Loved ones say goodbye to 88-year-old grandmother killed in East Flatbush fire

1:55
Prospect Park Zoo, damaged by Tropical Storm Ophelia, reopens after 240 days

Prospect Park Zoo, damaged by Tropical Storm Ophelia, reopens after 240 days

1:32
Bronx Fashion Week premieres Decade of Dreams at Baychester show

Bronx Fashion Week premieres Decade of Dreams at Baychester show

2:08
Blood test that detects colon cancer close to receiving FDA approval

Blood test that detects colon cancer close to receiving FDA approval

0:34
NYPD: 1 killed, 1 injured following double shooting in Williamsburg

NYPD: 1 killed, 1 injured following double shooting in Williamsburg

1:19
Bronx Historical Society offers Mott Haven walking tour, screening of ‘Up Jump The Boogie’

Bronx Historical Society offers Mott Haven walking tour, screening of ‘Up Jump The Boogie’

1:55
Authorities: 17-year-old arrested for bringing semi-automatic gun to high school in Brooklyn

Authorities: 17-year-old arrested for bringing semi-automatic gun to high school in Brooklyn

1:31
Brooklyn Bridge celebrates 141st birthday

Brooklyn Bridge celebrates 141st birthday

1:43
 Brooklyn chef offers tip to keep you safe while grilling this season

Brooklyn chef offers tip to keep you safe while grilling this season

1:30
Luna Park kicks off Memorial Day weekend with new go-kart attraction 'Electric Eden Raceway'

Luna Park kicks off Memorial Day weekend with new go-kart attraction 'Electric Eden Raceway'

1:05
Trump floats possible VP picks in News 12 interview

Trump floats possible VP picks in News 12 interview

1:26
Could another round of 'orange skies' happen this summer?

Could another round of 'orange skies' happen this summer?

0:32
8 months later, Prospect Park Zoo reopens to zoo members today, public Saturday

8 months later, Prospect Park Zoo reopens to zoo members today, public Saturday

1:55
Prepare for traffic and long lines at airports this Memorial Day weekend

Prepare for traffic and long lines at airports this Memorial Day weekend