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Assistant news editor @NatalieFaas breaks down two of the top national news stories from this week. @RochesterNYPD officers will face no charges in the death of Daniel Prude. Sexual harassment claims against @NYGovCuomo have people calling for his impeachment.

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Protests in Rochester, N.Y. after police officers that killed Daniel Prude walk free

By Natalie Faas

On Tuesday a grand jury assembled by the New York State Attorney General Letitia James declined to charge any of the officers linked to the death of Daniel Prude. 

In March of 2020 the Rochester police department (RPD) responded to a mental health call from Joe Prude about his brother, Daniel, 43, was a Black man experiencing a mental crisis. RPD had received multiple calls about a naked man running down the street.

RPD dispatched seven officers, none of whom were mental health professionals, and they easily handcuffed Prude. When he began to spit the officers placed a hood over his head, escalating the situation. The officers held Prude down on the ground and within two minutes he stopped breathing. Prude was taken to Strong Hospital where a week later he was taken off of life support. 

Recently, a grand jury declined to charge the officers responsible with Prude’s death. This decision sparked outrage, and a protest of nearly 150 people marched through the city of Rochester demanding justice for Daniel Prude. 

James spoke at a press conference on Feb.23. “I know that the Prude family and the Rochester community and communities across the country will be rightfully disappointed by this outcome,” James said. “We sought a different outcome than the one the grand jury handed us today.”

This decision comes nearly a year after the nationwide protests surrounding the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.  

Cuomo facing calls for impeachment after multiple sexual harassment claims 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is facing calls for impeachment after sexual harassment claims have come forward. 

Lindsay Boylan, a former aide for New York state’s economic development agency, published an essay on Feb.23 detailing her uncomfortable encounters with Cuomo, including how he would go out of his way to touch her nonconsensually. 

A reporter from the New York Times spoke with the governor’s press secretary, Caitlin Giouard said, “Ms. Boylan’s claims of inappropriate behavior are quite simply false.”

The accusations first came out in December where Boylan released a series of tweets. However, at the time she did not speak out to the media about the instances. 

Other top aides of the governor are challenging the legitimacy of these accusations. People who were with Cuomo and Boylan at the specific events completely reject the claims that the governor acted inappropriately. 

Cuomo has already been under fire in the media for his handling of the pandemic — in particular, sharing misleading and false information on COVID-19 numbers in nursing homes. 

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