The grand jury transcripts over Daniel Prude’s police-involved suffocation death were released, a first in New York’s history, according to state AG Letitia James’ office.
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Grand-jury transcripts in the police-involved suffocation death of Daniel Prude were publicly released Friday — an unprecedented move in New York, officials said.
The jury panel decided not to indict the Rochester police officers involved in the incident after hearing testimony and reviewing evidence over nine days spanning from October to February.
Prude suffered a mental-health episode on March 23, 2020, and police body-camera footage showed seven responding cops laughing while Prude was naked and cuffed with a mesh bag over his head.
The officers could also be seen pushing the 41-year-old black man’s head into the ground. The incident left Prude brain-dead for a week before he died.
This is the first time in New York’s history that grand-jury proceedings in a case of a police-involved death have been released to the public, state Attorney General Letitia James’ office said in a press release that included transcripts of the 45 hours’ worth of hearings.
“This nation has a long and painful history of injustice, and every day, we are working to create a fairer and more equal system,” James said in a statement.
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“Our efforts to balance the scales of justice and ensure accountability can only go so far in the absence of transparency,” she said. “We took the unprecedented action of seeking to release the grand jury transcripts because the public deserves to know what happened in these proceedings.”