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Death Of Daniel Prude Led To Quit Of Rochester Police Chief Amid Investigation

Rochester Police Chief La’Ron Singletary, while announcing his retirement, said the events of the past week “are an attempt to destroy my character and integrity.”Rochester Police Chief, La’Ron Singletary speaks during a news conference with Mayor Lovely Warren regarding the protests over the death of a Black man, Daniel Prude, after police put a spit hood over his head during an arrest on March 23, in Rochester, N.Y. on Sept. 6, 2020.Brendan McDermid / Reuters Rochester’s police chief and deputy chief resigned Tuesday amid outrage over the death of Daniel Prude, a Black man with mental health issues who died after being put in a “spit hood” and restrained by officers in March.Rochester Police Chief La’Ron Singletary announced he would be retiring Tuesday after 20 years on the police force, according to a media release from the department. Singletary said the events of 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,” Singletary’s resignation said. “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.”

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