Rochester Police Leaders Retire in Wake of Calls for Change

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Top police leaders in Rochester are retiring en masse amid criticism of the city’s handling of the the suffocation death of Daniel Prude, Mayor Lovely Warren said Tuesday.

La’Ron Singletary, the city’s police chief, is among those retiring, as is Deputy Chief Joseph M. Morabito and possibly other senior commanders, Warren said.

Warren made the surprise announcement of the retirements at a City Council briefing being held online. Council members had expected the chief to appear in person to discuss ongoing protests over Prude’s death.

Prude, a 41-year-old Black man, died several days after an encounter with police on March 23. Officers who found him running naked down the street put a hood over his head to stop him from spitting, then held him down for about two minutes until he stopped breathing. He died a week later after he was taken off life support.

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  1. considering that COVID was a very scary unknown risk at that point in time, I kind of get why officers would want to prevent him from spitting.
    also, if he became brain dead from just 2 minutes of asphyxiation, it probably had much less to do with the hood, and more to do with what else was in his system. whether that is COVID or if it is some form of narcotic doesn’t make much of a difference.


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