Family says they want justice after no charges for police in Dwayne Pritchett's death

A Bronx family says they are seeking justice after finding out no police officers will be criminally charged in the death of Dwayne Pritchett.

News 12 Staff

Sep 22, 2020, 2:42 AM

Updated 1,345 days ago

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A Bronx family says they are seeking justice after finding out no police officers will be criminally charged in the death of Dwayne Pritchett.
Attorney Sanford Rubenstein is representing the loved ones of Pritchett. They want lawmakers to pass a statute holding police officers accountable for not arresting fellow officers who commit crimes themselves.
"This case demonstrates there's a need for legislative change in Albany regarding the penal law," Rubenstein says.
This comes days after a report from the state attorney general's office found there wasn't any criminal charges brought against NYPD officers in connection to Pritchett's death.
Pritchett died two years ago after police responded to a call for medical attention at his Kingsbridge Heights home.
Police say they handcuffed him after spotting a gun on the floor. They claim he tried to pull a firearm from one of their holsters.
The medical examiner called it a homicide, stating Pritchett's neck was compressed.
Since the report also cited other contributing factors, the attorney general's office says it's impossible to prove any of the officers committed a criminal act.
Rubenstein and Pritchett's family disagree.
"For me, this is just beyond ridiculous. Like there's no justice in this case," says Alotisia Stevens, the mother of Pritchett's son. "It's evident that he was killed at the hands of the police."
Rubenstein adds, "We need to break down the blue wall of silence. And the only way it's going to happen if there are criminal penalties for police officers not reporting a fellow police officer who commits a crime in their presence, particularly in regard to police brutality."
Pritchett's family says they aren't giving up. There's also a civil case pending against the NYPD, seeking $10 million in damages for wrongful death.
A spokesperson for the NYPD released a statement saying in part, "The NYPD is committed to safety for all New Yorkers and fostering stronger relations with each community we serve. To that end, we appreciate the attorney general's recommendations and will take them."


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