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Top Rochester police retire or resign a week after brutal video made public

Sep 09, 2020 6:33 am
Will Cleveland, Victoria E. Freile, and Brian Sharp report in the Democrat and Chronicle that the entire top command staff of the Rochester Police announced Sept. 8 that they were retiring or resigning following nearly a week of protests over the March death of Daniel Prude. Rochester police suffocated Prude as they restrained him in March, but video of the incident was only released last week. That video showed police put a hood over his head and then pressed his face into the pavement for two minutes. Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said that Police Chief La'Ron Singletary did not tell her about the March 23 incident until Aug. 4. After a week of protesters calling for his firing, Singletary retired. So did Deputy Chief Joseph Morabito, and Cmdr. Fabian Rivera, while Deputy Chief Mark Simmons and Cmdr. Henry Favor resigned their command positions and moved back to lieutenants in civil service-protected positions, where they cannot be fired. Singletary's retirement is effective Sept. 29, so he will oversee police responses to protests about police responses, for the next several weeks. Read more about this story in the Democrat and Chronicle.