The agents involved in the arrest of a 41-year-old black man in Rochester, New York, United States have not been prosecuted. Daniel Broad’s head covering was pulled off during his arrest and he died of his wounds a week later. However, a grand jury in the United States decided on Tuesday that there was insufficient evidence to prosecute clients of his death.
The grand jury had to decide whether the attorneys should respond to the judge. The seven customers who participated are still inactive.
Letitia James, the New York attorney general who wanted to prosecute the agents, is disappointed. She says she made a strong case, but it wasn’t enough to convince the jury. “The judicial system addresses efforts to hold law enforcement agencies accountable for the unlawful killing of black Americans.”
The Broad family was also disappointed with the grand jury decision. Dozens of people protested the decision in Rochester on Tuesday evening.
Prude was found confused on the street on March 30, 2020. While the officers were trying to catch him, he spat on them. Then the officers pressed him to the ground and tried to wear a so-called anti-spit blanket. Then the reckless lost consciousness and stopped breathing. Seven days later he died in hospital.
According to the forensic doctor, his death was the result of “suffocation complications from physical coercion.” Prude was also under the influence of PCP, which is a hallucinogen. The photos of the arrest were not released until two months after the arrest. Brod’s relatives accused the police of a cover-up.
Brod’s death sparked days of protests in the United States. The Rochester police chief was also forced to resign.