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CAIR-NY Denounces Grand Jury Failure to Indict Police Officers Responsible for Death of Daniel Prude

(NEW YORK, NY, 2/24/2021) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today denounced the grand jury decision to not indict the police officers responsible for Daniel Prude’s death.  

Prude, a 41-year-old Black man from Chicago, was murdered after an encounter with Rochester police back in March, but the circumstances relating to the incident did not come to light until September.  

The autopsy report from the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the death of Mr. Prude a homicide, including “complications of asphyxia in the setting of physical restraint.”  

Rochester Police had covered Mr. Prude’s face with a “spit sock.” The matter was investigated by the New York State Attorney General’s Office, who presented evidence to a grand jury.  According to reports, the Rochester police officers who were involved in the death of Daniel Prude will not face charges after the grand jury made the decision to not indict.  

SEE: Rochester First: Daniel Prude death: No charges for Rochester police officers 

In response, CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher said: 

“CAIR-NY decries the grand jury’s failure to indict the officers responsible for Mr. Prude’s homicide. This failure is another miscarriage of justice and another example of how the criminal justice system fails Black and brown people. We continue to send our prayers and thoughts to Mr. Prude’s family, friends, and community as they reel from his loss and the injustice of the system.

“Clearly, Daniel Prude was suffering from a mental health emergency and was not able to respond to police instructions. We must expand the use of mental health services and civil services to respond to calls instead of relying on police — who are ill-equipped — to ensure the safety of those involved. 

“Daniel Prude’s death is not an isolated incident. As we have seen in the cases of Mohamed Bah, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, police too often utilize violent and sometimes fatal techniques, resulting in senseless loss of life. We must demand that police departments reallocate resources to social service providers and should not be first responders to mental health situations.” 

CAIR-NY earlier released a statement sending condolences to the Prude family and calling for an investigation. 

SEE: CAIR-New York Statement on Police Killing of Daniel Prude

CAIR-NY’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims. 

La misión de CAIR-NY es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos. 


CONTACT: CAIR-NY Legal Director Ahmed Mohamed, Esq.,; 646-481-2103; CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher;; 917-669-4006  

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