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Joe Prude said he’s still in shock over a grand jury’s decision not to pursue criminal charges against the Rochester Police officers involved in his brother Daniel’s death.

Joe called 911 nearly a year ago with concerns about Daniel's mental health. Officers found Daniel naked in 30-degree weather on Jefferson Avenue. He was restrained in the middle of the street and suffocated. He died a week later.

Prude police officers cleared by grand jury

Feb 23, 2021
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None of the police officers responsible for Daniel Prude's death will face criminal charges in his killing, Attorney General Letitia James announced Tuesday, explaining that the grand jury empaneled to hear her case against the seven officers declined to indict them.

The attorney general spoke at Aenon Baptist Church on Genesee Street, a few blocks from the intersection of Jefferson Avenue where Prude was suffocated on March 23 by three officers -- Mark Vaughn, Francisco Santiago, and Troy Taladay.

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New York may be undercounting the number of COVID-19 deaths linked to nursing homes by as much as 50%, state Attorney General Letitia James said Thursday, meaning the state’s current count of about 9,000 fatalities at those facilities may be far from the actual number.

The report also found that lack of compliance by nursing homes on infection control protocols, and a lack of staff per patient, may have contributed to higher fatality rates.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo charged Sunday that the Trump administration’s plan to distribute and allocate a vaccine for COVID-19 will not adequately serve communities of color, which were already hit harder by the virus at its peak in New York.

Cuomo, who was joined by Attorney General Letitia James and leaders from the NAACP and the National Urban League, said the current plan would leave those communities behind.

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Eric Trump, the middle son of President Donald Trump, will have to appear for a deposition before the New York Attorney General’s Office sometime in the next two weeks, a state judge ruled Wednesday.

New York Attorney General Letitia James said her office would move forward with the deposition sometime in the next two weeks.

“To be clear, no entity or individual is allowed to dictate how or when our investigation will proceed or set the parameters of a lawful investigation,” James said.

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During a visit to Rochester’s Aenon Baptist Church on Sunday, New York State Attorney General Letitia James said her office will announce when it is investigating deaths of unarmed individuals after encounters with law enforcement. She also said her office will release police body camera footage of these incidents as soon as possible.

“I commit that we will notify the public,” said James, "when we arrive at a decision, to assert our jurisdiction in investigations of police officers involved deaths of unarmed civilians, to avoid the situation that occured here in Rochester.”


Word from the New York State Attorney General’s office on Saturday that a grand jury will be involved in the investigation into the death of Daniel Prude, the 41 year old man who died while in police custody last March. Prude, who is from Chicago, was visiting his brother last March when his brother Joe called police to try and get help for Daniel because he was having mental health issues. Daniel Prude was later seen running naked on Jefferson Avenue, and police pinned him to the pavement when they restrained him. He lost consciousness and died a week later.

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Against the advice of counsel, Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said Thursday that she is suspending seven police officers involved in the death of 41-year-old Daniel Prude.

Earlier Thursday, City Council wrote a letter to Warren calling for the officers to be placed on administrative leave. The officers are suspended with pay, and Warren said she understood that the police union may sue the city over the move.

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New York state is suing President Donald Trump and the head of the U.S. Postal Service over recent policy changes that Attorney General Letitia James said Tuesday would unconstitutionally limit access to this year’s elections for those who plan to vote by mail.

In a lawsuit filed in Washington, D.C., three states and two major cities, including New York City, sought to reverse those changes, including cutbacks to mail service capacity.

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New York’s attorney general is asking a state judge to force Eric Trump, the president’s son and a top official at the Trump Organization, to testify in an ongoing investigation into the president’s financial dealings before he took office.

The probe was launched last year to investigate claims that President Donald Trump had misrepresented his wealth to obtain financing from various institutions.