Rochester Police Chief Resigns in Aftermath of Daniel Prude’s Death

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Rochester Police Chief Resigns in Aftermath of Daniel Prude’s Death

The police chief and the deputy chief resigned Tuesday. Mr. Prude, a Black man, suffocated after he was placed in a hood by police officers and pinned to the ground.

I am confirming that Chief La’Ron Singletary today announced his retirement along with Commander Morabito. I want to thank Chief Singletary and Commander Morabito for their service, and we appreciate them. I want to assure our Rochester community that the Rochester Police Department will continue to serve and protect our residents and our neighborhoods. Chief Singletary will remain in charge of the department through the end of the month. And I know that he and the officers will fulfill their duties. We have spoken about maintaining our restraint regarding the ongoing protests and ask all involved to remain peaceful. While the timing and tenor of these resignations is difficult, we have faced tough times before. I truly believe that we will get through this. I will be meeting with City Council to chart a path forward. I can assure this community that I am committed to instituting the reforms necessary in our police department. I know that there are many questions. But this just occurred and honestly, I do not have the answers today. However, I will work diligently with my partners in government to provide those answers and share them with you in the coming days.

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