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Rochester police chief, top brass step down in Prude death case

By The SATimes News Service

New York: The chief and entire command staff of the police department in Rochester, NY, stepped down on Tuesday as outrage continued over the death of Daniel Prude, a Black man with mental health issues who was put in a “spit hood” and restrained by officers in March.

Chief La’Ron Singletary announced that he would be retiring after 20 years on the force, according to a news release from the department. Singletary said the events of the past week “are an attempt to destroy my character and integrity.”

Deputy Chief Joseph Morabito and Commander Fabian Rivera also announced their retirements Tuesday. Two other high ranking officials, Deputy Chief Mark Simmons and Commander Henry Favor, returned to a lower ranking of lieutenant.

Mayor Lovely Warren said during a City Council briefing Tuesday that the “entire Rochester police command staff” has retired and that “there may be a number of others that will decide to leave, as well.” She insisted to the council Tuesday that Singletary was not asked to resign and that she felt he had given his “very best.”

New York Attorney General Letitia James has empowered a grand jury to probe Prude’s death.

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