Police Were called after Daniel Prude, who was visiting from Chicago, fled from his brother’s home expressing suicidal thoughts. New York’s Attorney General Letitia James announced that none of the officers involved in Daniel Prude’s death will face any charges.
Last Spring, what started out as a call for help ended up in a tragedy for another black man and his family. It is unfortunate, but no surprise, that justice will not be served in this matter. During a news conference at Aenon Missionary Baptist Church in Rochester. New York Attorney General Letitia James announced that none of the officers involved in Daniel Prude’s death will face any charges.
James added that the criminal justice system has shown its unwillingness to hold law enforcement officers accountable. In the unjustified killings of unarmed African Americans. “What binds these cases is the tragic loss of life in circumstances in which the death could be avoided,” James stated in the news conference as she became emotional.
On March 23, Joe Prude called the police out of concern for his brother, Daniel Prude, who was visiting from Chicago, fled from his home expressing suicidal thoughts. According to police reports, when the officers found the 41-year-old, he was naked, smashing windows and yelling out, saying he has COVID-19. Police videos and reports released by the family show officers placing a white hood over Prude’s head while standing in the street. Officers then restrain Prude by holding his feet and head down, as one of the officers told him to stop spitting. Minutes later, the same officer asked the victim was he good after he was unresponsive.
On March 30, a week following his arrest, Prude died due to suffocation after his family took him off life support. According to Monroe County’s coroner report, Prude’s death has been ruled a homicide. Caused by complications of asphyxia in the setting of physical restraint.
Daniel Prude’s death comes two months before the death of George Floyd. George Floyd was killed after officer Chauvin kneeled on Floyd’s neck for nearly 10 minutes. While his face was pinned down to the ground. Chauvin was charged with second-degree murder. The three remaining officers were charged with aiding and abetting. The trial is set to begin in August of 2021.
Tamara Anderson is a freelance writer in the Chicagoland area. She has featured articles in multiple entertainment and hip-hop media outlets.