Rochester mayor 'doesn't know' who'll be in charge of cops tonight after mass resignations

A ROCHESTER mayor "doesn't know" who'll be in charge of cops tonight after mass resignations plagued the city's police department.

The mayor's confusion comes after Rochester Police Chief La’Ron Singletary announced his retirement.

Singletary's announcement follows a newly emerged video of police restraining Daniel Prude, a 41-year-old black man.

The police chief resigned along with the entire Rochester police department command staff, according to Capitol Hill reporter Paul McLeod.

Lovely Warren – the mayor of Rochester, New York – revealed she was unsure of who will be in charge of Tuesday's night protests.

When she was questioned at a city council meeting on Tuesday, Warren said: "We would have to find an interim chief.

“Because I just got the call before this hearing, I don’t know."

The mass resignations come just two days after Warren announced that the Rochester was partially defunding its police department.

Singletary revealed his resignation from the Rochester Police Departmentin Tuesday statement.

His statement read: "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."

Daniel Prude was a Black man from Chicago who died on March 30, 2020.

As video emerged last week of Prude's restraint, demonstrations in his name have unfolded across the country.

Video from the March 23rd incident showed cops restraining Prude, whose brother said he called police over concerns of his brother's mental health.

Prude had been running naked through the streets of Rochester when police were called.

"I placed a phone call for my brother to get help, not for my brother to get lynched," Joe Prude said as he slammed cops over the death of his brother.

Body camera video showed Prude on the ground, with a "spit hood" over his head.

One cop was then seen pushing Prude's head into the ground for more than two minutes, and another later placed his knee on his back.

Prude was rushed to the hospital, and was pulled off of life support a week later. His death was ruled a homicide.

The medical examiner listed the cause as complications with asphyxiation "in the setting of physical restraint."

Prude's death is now under investigation by the New York State Attorney General.

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