Rochester Police Chief La’Ron Singletary and his second-in-command, Joseph Morabito, resigned after days of protests in the streets and accusations of hiding for months the death of a black man who they hooded, local press reported.
The resignation, which will allow both to retire with benefits for having served more than twenty years, comes after several days of criticism and demonstrations in the city of Rochester (New York), after a new death of an unarmed black man since George Floyd died in Minneapolis (Minnesota) in May, under similar circumstances.
He jefe Singletary He turned 20 in uniform last month, which will allow him to retire at 40 years of age.
They hid the case
The death of Daniel Prude, in March, she was taken with discretion by the local authorities, who kept her unknown to the local press despite the fact that forensics determined that it was a homicide by asphyxiation, until earlier this month the lawyers for the victim’s family made public the video of his arrest.
Prude, who suffered from some kind of psychotic episode and he was half naked, was handcuffed and hooded to stop him spitting at the officers, after which he can be seen as suffocated.
An investigation of Police department It determined in April that the arrest was made following the protocols and training received.
They investigate thoroughly
The attorney general of New York, Letitia James, announced this week the formation of a grand jury to investigate the death of Prude, 41, after several days of protests.
The Mayor of Rochester, Lovely Warren, announced last week the suspension of seven police officers involved in Prude’s death, despite which the protests did not subside. protests, which among other things demanded the departure of police chief Singletary, a black race.
The mayor, who was surprised by the resignations, assured that Singletary did a great job to change the culture of the Rochester Police Force and reiterated that at no time did he try cover up death de Prude.
Although at the beginning of the week the police chief assured that he was not going to resign, today he announced his early retirement in a plenary session of the town hall. Later, in a letter he assured: “As a man with integrity I will not stand idly by while external entities try to destroy my character.