Rochester Mayor fires police chief, over the death of Daniel Prude

The mayor of Rochester, New York, Lovely Warren (D) said:

The mayor of Rochester, New York, Lovely Warren (D) said on Monday that after Daniel Prude died in police custody in March, she was firing the city’s police chief and suspending her city lawyer.

Warren announced that he would fire Rochester Police Chief La’Ron Singletary a week ago. He said he would resign from the position, but it would continue until the end of the month.

According to the Associated Press, Warren said at a hurriedly arranged press conference, “The initial appearance has shown many people’s suspicions. This is a common problem at the Rochester Police Department.” “Through the vision of the badge instead of the citizens we serve to see everything. This shows that Mr. Prud’s death was not taken as seriously as the people reviewing cases at all levels of the city government.”

Warren also stated that she would suspend the salaries of company legal counsel Tim Curtin and communications director Justin Roj for a period of 30 days.

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Roy said in a statement to Twitter

“I accept the discipline issued by Mayor Warren today.” “Before August 4, I never realized what happened to Mr. Prudd, when I watched when it came to the videotape; I immediately expressed my opinion in the city hall that the relevant person was no longer on our streets.”

He said, I personally believe that if the responders recognize Mr. Prud’s humanity and act with compassion and restraint, then Mr. Prud will live today.

Roy added that Singh Tari told him in an e-mail about the ongoing criminal investigation and said the mayor had been informed.

Warren also called for a federal review of the Prudd case on Monday. She asked the U.S. Attorney’s Office to examine possible violations of Mr. Prud’s civil rights. Prude, a black man, died of suffocation after the local police put on a headscarf and pressed his head on the street for two minutes. Someone saw him running naked outside.

After Prude’s family released records and videos of the incident earlier this month, they attracted national attention. In May, George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis, sparking protests against police brutality and racial injustice.

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