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NY attorney general to empanel grand jury in Daniel Prude death investigation

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The death of Daniel Prude after a confrontation with police sparked a third night of demonstrations in Rochester with protesters demanding more accountability for how it happened and legislation to change how authorities respond to mental health.
ROCHESTER, N. Y. — New York Attorney General Letitia James announced Saturday that her office will empanel as a part of its investigation into the death of Daniel Prude. Her office is investigating, as is typical is such cases. Seven Rochester police officers involved were suspended Thursday by the city’s mayor. The death of Daniel Prude after a confrontation with police sparked a third night of demonstrations in New York’s third-largest city, with protesters demanding more accountability for how it happened and legislation to change how authorities respond to mental health emergencies. Advocates for such legislation say Prude’s death and the actions of seven now-suspended Rochester police officers — including one who covered the Black man’s head with a «spit hood» during the March encounter — demonstrate how police are ill-equipped to deal with people suffering mental problems.

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