Breaking news coming out of the City of Rochester Police Department.
Rochester Police Department Chief La’Ron Singletary announced his retirement Tuesday afternoon. The news of the death of Daniel Prude broke last week and the video from the responding officer’s body cams. Daniel Prude died by asphyxiation back on March 23rd after three officers held him down.
Protestors have been calling for Mayor Lovely Warren and Police Cheif La’Ron Singletary’s resignation since the death of Mr. Prude became public.
Here is Cheif Singletary’s statement via 13WHAM News:
“Today, after 20 years of dedicated service to the Rochester Police Department and the Rochester Community, I announce my retirement from the Rochester Police Department. For the past two decades, I have served this community with honor, pride, and the highest integrity.
As a man of integrity, I will not sit idly by while outside entities attempt to destroy my character. The events over the past week are an attempt to destroy my character and integrity. The members of the Rochester Police Department and the Greater Rochester Community know my reputation and know what I stand for. The mischaracterization and the politicization of the actions that I took after being informed of Mr. Prude’s death is not based on facts, and is not what I stand for.
I would like to thank the men and women of the Rochester Police Department, as well as the Rochester Community for allowing me the honor of serving as your Chief and fulfilling a lifelong dream. I look forward to continuing to serve our community in my next chapter.”
Deputy Police Cheif Joseph Morabito announced after 34 years he will be retiring as well.
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