ROCHESTER, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – The officers involved in the death of Daniel Prude will not be charged.
A grand jury made the decision Tuesday.READ MORE: Rochester Mayor Names First Woman To Lead Police Department After Daniel Prude’s Death
The officers were shown on body camera video holding Prude down until he stopped breathing. He was naked and handcuffed.
Lawyers for the seven police officers who were suspended have aid they were strictly following their training.READ MORE: N.Y. Attorney General Letitia James Promises To Expedite Release Of Police Body Cam Footage
New York Attorney General Letitia James says the decision is history repeating itself.
“The criminal justice system is badly in need of reform. The system was built to protect and shield officers from wrongdoing and accountability,” she said.
James also released the following statement saying a judge has granted her motion to unseal and publicly release the grand jury minutes —
“As I have contended throughout my entire career, there can be no accountability without transparency, and the public deserves to know what transpires behind closed doors. That is why I filed a motion with the court to have the grand jury proceedings of this case unsealed and made available to the public, which the judge has just granted this evening. As soon as the judge authorizes, my office will release those proceedings so the Prude family, the Rochester community, and communities across the country will no longer be kept in the dark. This is a critical step in effecting the change that is so desperately needed.”
Dozens gathered in Rochester on Tuesday night to protest the decision.