Prude FamilyBy JULIA JACOBO, ABC News(ROCHESTER, N.Y.) — Charges will not be filed in the death of New York man Daniel Prude, who was seen on police body camera footage being pinned to the ground with a spit bag over his head.New York Attorney General Letitia James announced Tuesday that a grand jury voted not to indict any of the Rochester Police officers involved in the incident.Prude, 41, was restrained by the officers in March 2020 during a mental health emergency. His death, of complications from asphyxia after he was taken off life support, was ruled a homicide.“Daniel Prude was in the throes of a mental health crisis and what he needed was compassion, care, and help from trained professionals,” James said in a statement. “Tragically, he received none of those things.”Body camera footage, released by Prude’s family in September, showed Prude appearing to go unconscious while he is being pinned to the ground.The delay in the release of the video resulted in Letitia’s office implementing a new policy in which body camera footage will now be released earlier in the investigation process.James said Tuesday that the current deadly force laws in place “have created a system that utterly and abjectly failed Mr. Prude and so many others before him,” adding that serious reform is needed on the “criminal justice system as a whole.”“While I know that the Prude family, the Rochester community, and communities across the country will rightfully be devastated and disappointed, we have to respect this decision,” James said Tuesday.Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said in a statement that the announcement is “hard for many of us to understand.”“Today’s findings will not undo the damage done nor bring Mr. Prude back to his loved ones. And, we extend our fullest prayers and condolences to his children and his family,” Warren said. “There are no words that can comfort a family who has lost their loved one in this tragic way. Our actions going forward will ensure that Daniel Prude’s death was not in vain.”Lovely echoed James’ insistence that policies and procedures must change to “correct the inequities in the system.”James’ office has released a comprehensive report with detailed descriptions of the events that allegedly occurred on March 22 and 23 “to provide maximum transparency into the case,” according to a statement.Former Rochester Police Chief La’Ron Singletary was fired in September amid criticism over the handling of Prude’s death. Seven officers involved in the incident were also suspended that month.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
By Julieta Pelcastre / Diálogo April 07, 2020 Peruvian Minister of Defense Walter Martos Ruíz inaugurated the headquarters of the Armed Forces Joint Command’s Cyber Defense Operational Command (COCID, in Spanish) in Lima, in late January 2020. The command’s mission is to plan and carry out cyberspace operations to counter attacks against national security.“The unit is equipped with cutting-edge technology and infrastructure for cyberspace protection,” Peruvian Air Force Major General Augusto Calderón Sandoval, COCID commander, told Diálogo. “The war conducted in the fifth domain is asymmetrical and subject to constant threats that affect digital security, information systems, telecommunications, and critical national assets.”COCID’s capabilities include the protection of different technological platforms and information systems from attacks, their recovery in the event of total or partial failure, threat detection, and blocking the use of cyberspace to adversaries, the Ministry of Defense told the press.“Although COCID’s integration and the Cyber Defense Act’s approval are recent, the digital dimension in the Peruvian military dates back many years,” Jorge Serrano, an academic at the Center for Higher National Studies in Peru, told Diálogo. “The operational command has unique capabilities to obtain, process, filter, and interpret vast outputs of information, and then turn it into useful intelligence and share it with anyone who might need it, to neutralize any threats.”Peru is the second most affected country from spyware in Latin America, just behind Mexico, said the Slovakian IT security company ESET. The most frequent attacks include data and banking passwords theft, as well as cryptocurrency mining, ESET added. Between April and September 2019, Peruvian companies suffered more than 3 billion attempted cyberattacks, said the Peruvian economic newspaper Gestión.“COCID works with the private sector to protect critical assets such as basic services [health, water, and electricity] for the population,” Serrano said. According to The Global Risks Report 2020 from the World Economic Forum, cyberattacks are among the 10 main global risks of 2020.“One of the most important activities in the fight against online threats is joining efforts and training personnel continuously in digital security such as information technology and communications,” said Maj. Gen. Calderón. “COCID’s main challenges are to find vulnerable points in the system and to protect access, use, and contents in the virtual arena.”