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- Daniel Prude
The Attorney General’s Office released the videos along with body and dash camera footage of Troy Hodge’s fatal encounter with police in Lockport, Niagara County. The office has ongoing investigations into the death of both men, and it has convened a grand jury for its Prude inquiry.
“Our criminal justice system is in need of significant reform to rebuild the trust between police and the communities they serve,” Attorney General Letitia James said in a news release. “Key to that reform is increased transparency, which is why I am proactively releasing video footage from our active investigations into police-involved killings. All of our communities deserve transparency, accountability, and justice, and I believe this is a critical step in moving us forward.”
Given the amount of body camera footage previously released by attorneys for the Prude family and activists, the clips are unlikely to contain any new revelations.
- A screenshot of police body camera footage of the arrest of Daniel Prude. Prude had been released from Strong Memorial Hospital only hours early after a mental health evaluation.
Prude died at Strong a week later. The Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office in its autopsy report listed Prude’s caused of death as “complications of asphyxia in the setting of physical restraint due to excited delerium due to acute phencyclidine intoxication,” an indication that Prude might have been high on PCP.
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- New York State Attorney General Letitia James spoke at Aenon Baptist Church in Rochester on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020.
The video clips can be found at ag.ny.gov/sipu/footage/daniel-prude.
Jeremy Moule is CITY’s news editor. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.