No charges will be filed in death of inmate
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- There will be no charges filed in the 2010 death of Raul Pinet.
Pinet was an inmate at the Onondaga County Justice Center who died after being restrained face-down by sheriff's deputies.
The death was ruled a homicide caused by 'asphyxia during restraint', according to a report by the State Commission of Corrections. But a grand jury investigated the death and found Syracuse police officers and Onondaga County deputies acted appropriately.
"The grand jury found that the conduct of the Syracuse police officers that arrested Mr. Pinet, as well as the Onondaga County Sheriff's deputies involved in his short period of incarceration, that their actions were reasonable and within the performance of their official duties, powers and functions and did not violate any statue in the State of New York," said Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick.
The grand jury did recommend changes in procedures to prevent future incidents, but that report has not yet been made public.