A grand jury decided not to indict any of the seven officers involved in the death of Daniel Prude, WHEC Rochester reports.
Prude, a 41-year old Black man, was in the midst of a mental health crisis when he was killed by Rochester, New York, police officers in March.
The decision has sparked outrage from various community leaders and local officials, including Jeremy Cooney. The Democratic state senator is co-sponsoring the Restoring Accountability and Civil Equity Act, which targets qualified immunity.
“Time after time, our criminal justice system fails to protect Black and Brown citizens . . . Daniel Prude’s death, the recent macing of a 9-year-old girl, and many other examples call on us to finally end qualified immunity for police officers. Victims and their loved ones must be heard and be given their day in court,” Sen. Cooney said.
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