Rochester Mayor Fires Police Chief Over Death Of Daniel Prude

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Adam Barnes General Assignment Reporter
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Rochester, New York Mayor Lovely Warren said Monday that she fired police chief Le’Ron Singletary in the wake of the death of Daniel Prude, the Associated Press reported.

Singletary announced his retirement last week but said he would stay in his role until the end of the month, according to the Associated Press. Warren also suspended without pay Corporation Counsel Tim Curtin and Communications Director Justin Roj for 30 days. (RELATED): ‘An Attempt To Destroy My Character’: Rochester Police Chief, Staff Resign Amid Daniel Prude Protests)

“This initial look has shown what so many have suspected, that we have a pervasive problem in the Rochester Police Department,” Warren said, per the Associated Press.

“One that views everything through the eyes of the badge and not the citizens we serve. It shows that Mr. Prude’s death was not taken as seriously as it should have been by those who reviewed the case throughout city government at every level,” she added.

Prude was taken off life support a week after police placed a spit hood over his head and held him down for nearly two minutes causing him to stop breathing. Police body cam footage led to two weeks of protests in Rochester, AP reported.

Roj said he was not aware of what happened to Prude while in police custody until Aug. 4, according to AP.