I.In the case of an African-American man who died last year after a police operation in the American state of New York, a jury decided not to bring charges against officials. The state attorney general, Letitia James, announced this on Tuesday.
She was “extremely disappointed” with this decision. But the jury would have the last word on the case. The public prosecutor’s office has to respect their decision.
A video of the incident released in September caused great outrage. In Rochester, as in New York City, there were demonstrations against police violence and racism over the incident.
Naked and unarmed
The footage shows how the African American Daniel Prude lies naked and unarmed on a street. He becomes increasingly excited after the officers handcuff him.
You can also see that Prude is put on a spit hood, an officer then presses his head on the floor. The 41-year-old man passed out and died in hospital a week later. The autopsy concluded that it was a homicide.
Prude’s brother had called the police for the operation. He said he called the police about his brother’s mental health problems.
Police chief resigned
The police operation against Prude took place on March 23, but was not made known until early September through the video from a police officer’s body camera. The incident resulted in the resignation of Rochester Police Chief La’Ron Singletary, who is also an African American.
Cases of fatal police violence against black people had sparked anti-racism demonstrations in the United States for months. The original trigger for the protests was the death of the African American George Floyd in a brutal police operation at the end of May in Minneapolis, Minnesota.