New York Attorney General Letitia James has released the transcripts of the grand jury proceedings in her office’s investigation into the March 2020 death of Daniel Prude.
The transcripts of the proceedings were released after a judge granted Attorney General James’ motion to unseal and publicly release them. This is the first time in New York history that grand jury proceedings in a case of a police-involved death have been made public.
Prude, 41, was killed by police in Rochester, NY in March 2020. He was suffering a mental health episode and walking the streets naked. Officers held his face down on the ground for more than two minutes before he stopped breathing. He later died of asphyxia after being taken off life support. A grand jury declined to charge the officers involved.
After impanelment, the grand jury convened on nine separate occasions between Oct. 2020 and Feb. 2021 for more than 45 hours in total. As ordered by the court, the transcripts of the grand jury proceedings have minimal redactions to protect the identities of the jurors and witnesses who testified.