Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some tea and it involves Police chief, and high ranked officials who retire due to a man’s death in Rochester NY.
The police chief and other high ranking officials in this city’s police department have left their jobs amid controversy over the death of Daniel Prude while in police custody in March, the mayor announced to the city council Tuesday at what was slated to be a virtual briefing about police relations with protesters.
The city’s handling of Daniel Prude’s death during a failed crisis intervention with the Rochester Police Department has drawn widespread scrutiny and has made national headlines as one in a string of unarmed Black men who have died while interacting with police in numerous cities. Prude was seen on body camera video naked and acting erratically as police handcuffed him. Police threw a hood over his head to serve as a spit guard a move that was ultimately determined to have led to his death.
Deputy Chief Joseph Morabito also announced his retirement after nearly 34 years of service to the department, though he did not address the Prude investigation in his statement. He said being a part of the Rochester Police Department is “one of the proudest achievements” of his lifetime.
Antonio Romanucci, attorney for Daniel Prude’s children, said in a state Tuesday that the police chief’s departure is “an important and necessary step to healing and meaningful reform” in the Rochester community.
Seven RPD officers have been suspended amid an ongoing investigation into Prude’s death, and the New York state attorney general has convened a grand jury. There have been nightly Black Lives Matter protests here since last week, when the body cam footage of the incident was released by Prude’s family.
Police Chief La’Ron Singletary has appeared to be by the mayor’s side in recent days, and although Warren criticized him for failing to inform city officials of the use of force in the encounter at the time of the arrest, she also said she had no plans to fire him.
Singletary also stated in a news release that he is retiring after 20 years of service to the Rochester Police Department due to how he has been treated in recent days as a result of revelations about Prude’s treatment and death. Singletary said broadly that he has viewed some outside criticism as personal attacks and “mischaracterization” of the truth.