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Daniel Prude Grand Jury: ‘Justification’ mentioned multiple times before jurors voted

April 20, 2021

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Two months before we heard the name George Floyd, Daniel Prude was pinned to the pavement by three Rochester police officers. Prude died a week later when he was removed from life support at Strong Memorial Hospital.

News10NBC is still going through the more than 1,000 pages of grand jury testimony released mid-Friday afternoon.

Eugene Welch is a partner at Tully Rinckey law firm and a former assistant state attorney general.

Welch: “They were obviously debating whether or not the force used was excessive or whether the force used was justified. That’s what that means to me.”

Brean: “Do you recall getting questions like that from jurors?”

Welch: “Oh absolutely. Absolutely. These are people that come from all walks of life. They have no idea what the law is and they count on the prosecutors for explaining the law to them.”

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