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Rochester police chief and his top deputies ALL resign amid fallout over Daniel Prude's spit hood death - as he defends his actions and says 'events over past week are attempt to destroy my character'

Daniel Prude death: Rochester police leaders retire over case

  • Rochester Police chief La'Ron Singletary, his Deputy Chief Joseph M. Morabito and Chief of Administration Mark L. Simmons have all retired
  • Mayor Lovely Warren made the shock announcement on Tuesday and said the mass departure could include other senior commanders as well 
  • It comes amid criticism of the city's handling of the suffocation death of Daniel Prude, a 41-year-old black man, on March 23 
  • His death sparked outrage and nightly protests after his relatives last week released police body camera video of the encounter
  • It showed officers putting a hood over his head to stop him from spitting and then holding him down for about two minutes until he stopped breathing 
  • The chief said in a statement that 'the events over the past week are an attempt to destroy my character and integrity'
  • Singletary, who spent his entire career at the Rochester Police Department, was appointed chief in April 2019 

Top police leaders in Rochester, New York's third-largest city, have retired en masse amid criticism of the city's handling of the suffocation death of Daniel Prude.

Police chief La'Ron Singletary, his Deputy Chief Joseph M. Morabito and Chief of Administration Mark L. Simmons are among those who have retired. 

The shock resignations were announced by Mayor Lovely Warren at a virtual city council briefing on Tuesday. Council members had been expecting the chief to appear in person to discuss ongoing protests over Prude's death.

Singletary has been facing calls to resign ever since details emerged last week of Prude's death several days after his encounter with police on March 23.     

Rochester, a city of 200,000 people on Lake Ontario, erupted with protests last week after the Prude family released body camera footage from the arrest.

It showed police putting a hood over the 41-year-old black man's head and pinning him to the pavement to restrain him.   

Rochester Police chief La'Ron Singletary and his Deputy Chief Joseph M. Morabito are among those who have retired amid criticism of the city's handling of the suffocation death of Daniel Prude

Rochester Police Department's Deputy Chief Joseph M. Morabito has also retired
Chief of Administration Mark L. Simmons has also retired

Rochester Police Department's Deputy Chief Joseph M. Morabito (left) and Chief of Administration Mark L. Simmons (right) have also retired

The police chief, who as recently as Sunday said he planned to stay on, said in a statement that event over the past week were an attempt to destroy his 'character and integrity'. 

'As a man of integrity, I will not sit idly by while outside entities attempt to destroy my character,' he said.  

'The members of the Rochester Police Department and the Greater Rochester Community know my reputation and know what I stand for. 

'The mischaracterization and the politicization of the actions that I took after being informed of Mr Prude's death is not based on facts, and is not what I stand for. ' 

Singletary, who spent his entire career inside the Rochester Police Department, was appointed chief in April 2019. 

He said he looks forward to 'continuing to serve our community in my next chapter.'  

There have been nightly protests ever since details of Prude's death emerged last week. 

Officers who found Prude running naked down the street had put a hood over his head to stop him from spitting, then held him down for about two minutes until he stopped breathing.   

GRAPHIC: Disturbing video shows black man suffocate during arrest
Prude, a 41-year-old black man, died several days after an encounter with police on March 23. His death sparked outrage after his relatives last week released police body camera video showing police putting a hood over his head to stop him from spitting and then holding him down for about two minutes until he stopped breathing

Prude, a 41-year-old black man, died several days after an encounter with police on March 23. His death sparked outrage after his relatives last week released police body camera video showing police putting a hood over his head to stop him from spitting and then holding him down for about two minutes until he stopped breathing 

Daniel Prude
Daniel Prude

There have been nightly protests ever since details of Prude's death emerged last week. The 41-year-old black man is pictured above 

He died a week later after he was taken off life support. 

His brother, Joe Prude, had called 911 seeking help for Daniel Prude´s unusual behavior. He had been taken to a hospital for a mental health evaluation earlier that night but was released after a few hours, his brother told officers. 

The outrage over his death started after his relatives released the bodycam footage and written reports they obtained through a public records request.

Seven police officers were suspended a day later and state Attorney General Letitia James said on Saturday that she would form a grand jury and conduct an 'exhaustive investigation' into Prude's death.

Police union officials have said the officers were following their training.

The release of the footage five months after Prude's death had raised questions of a cover-up and turned Rochester into the latest flashpoint in a summer of protests over racial injustice first sparked by the May 25 death of George Floyd. 

Warren said she didn't know when the retirements would take effect.  

Rochester mayor announces police leaders are retiring en masse
Mayor Lovely Warren said on Tuesday that the mass departure could include other senior commanders as well. Warren made the surprise announcement of the retirements at a City Council briefing held online (pictured above)

Mayor Lovely Warren said on Tuesday that the mass departure could include other senior commanders as well. Warren made the surprise announcement of the retirements at a City Council briefing held online (pictured above)

It was unclear who would be in charge of police on Tuesday night if demonstrators come out for a sixth straight night, as expected. 

'If that retirement is effective immediately, then we will have to find an interim chief,' Warren said. 

'I do know that it is going to be difficult to do that.' 

Demonstrators have been calling for the resignations of both Singletary and Warren, who are both black. 

Iman Abid, of the Free the People ROC - the group behind the nightly protests, said the mass retirements from the police department was 'great news'.

'It says to the people that people are able to move things and to shape things. The police chief wouldn't retire if it weren't for something that he felt he was accountable to,' she said. 

She said, however, that nightly protests will continue to push other demands, including the resignation of the mayor, defunding and demilitarizing of police, and development of a state law barring police departments from responding to mental health crises. 

Protesters march for the sixth consecutive night of protest on Monday night in the wake of Prude's death

Protesters march for the sixth consecutive night of protest on Monday night in the wake of Prude's death

Rochester police officers march towards demonstrators as they aim their weapons on Saturday night

Rochester police officers march towards demonstrators as they aim their weapons on Saturday night

Demonstrators use umbrellas as shields from teargas and pepper balls on Saturday night

Demonstrators use umbrellas as shields from teargas and pepper balls on Saturday night

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Comment by mr1stroke on September 9, 2020 at 3:33pm
Lol its to tell when a slave n***** repeats after his master, they talk Trump this and that but could not tell you why you should support the person they support, slave niggers embrace the slave life they will all tell you pick the lesser evil, but could not tell you why do white people pick the one that works for them and wont settle for less, but if you are so intelligent isn't evil just evil, how is evil less when they will both do the same thing to you lol

niggers are so dumb with the lesser evil they mean its better for the devil to give them a term limit to die instead of killing them today and thats how you know a group of people made a deal with the devil you will never be at peace, you feel so much better when a white person act nice to you and call you n***** behind doors as they laugh at you than one who is nice and call you n***** in your face but still will work you, even your negro leaders conditioned you to accept the lesser evil thats why you never question them, you are what you are as Biden said a bunch of retards who cannot think for their selfs
Comment by mr1stroke on September 9, 2020 at 3:01pm
Lol talk all that racist s***, but you embrace thr slave life, that Mayor is a black female just like the attorney general in NY is a black female working with a racist police force NYPD who endorsed Trump, that police chief in Rochester is black and was covering up for those whit cops, niggers are so dumb every one make them out to be victims even their own kind, but than again as long his skin color is black let make excuses for him so gets a pass like Obama, it is sad but you will realise nothing will change until you fight back

There are those who attack me for my views, but have yet to provide any solutions, they have yet to show me the progress they made with those poor choices, just like i told every dumb n***** who voted for Cuomo after 2 years show me what he is done for the black community especially when it comes to crimes and poverty in the community, now look at it now, your police force is torturing you so they can take more control, wait until after the election when that funding talk distraction is over you will have bo rights at all
Comment by stephen myers on September 8, 2020 at 11:26pm

They retired with a big pension, exit stage left...see ya! let the racist Trumpturds continue to murder Black people, Trump wants a race war please his boss Putin and destroy Democracy and replace it with a dictatorship with the Trump dynasty in power. 

Comment by stephen myers on September 8, 2020 at 11:21pm

Trumps AmeriKKKa, the white Police  got the green light from the white supremacist devil Trump a long time ago to murder people, any Black person who is pro Trump is the enemy of humanity, they are Black devils, shun them, they are fecal matter, Zombies with no soul, self hating mutants, all race have these kind among them.

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