High police officers in Rochester, N.Y. introduced plans to step down amid an argument about their division’s remedy of Daniel Prude, a Black man who died in police custody whereas struggling a psychological well being disaster. Video footage was launched final week displaying officers placing a hood on him and pinning him to the bottom. The retirements and voluntary demotions got here as town has been gripped by protests. Whereas Prude’s demise occurred in March, it acquired little discover till the footage was launched by his household’s attorneys, including to the nationwide outcry as one other Black man died after an encounter with police. Seven law enforcement officials and New York’s lawyer normal mentioned she would impanel a grand jury as a part of an ongoing investigation. Then got here the abrupt retirements on Tuesday of Police Chief La’Ron Singletary and Deputy Chief Joseph Morabito. Police chiefs in Atlanta, Louisville and Seattle misplaced their jobs or resigned amid public outcry, and the police chief in Dallas introduced her plans to step down later this yr.
Singletary, 40, a 20-year veteran of the power, launched an announcement describing the previous week as full of non-public assaults and “mischaracterization” relating to his function in dealing with Prude’s demise. “As a person of integrity, I can’t sit idly by whereas outdoors entities try to destroy my character,” Singletary mentioned. Mayor Pretty Warren instructed the Metropolis Council that Singletary “was not requested to provide his resignation.” Whereas Warren instructed the council that “the whole command employees has determined to retire,” the police division later mentioned three officers retired — Singletary, Morabito and Fabian Rivera, a commander — whereas two different officers, a deputy chief and a commander, had been each returned to their earlier rank of lieutenant, a decrease place throughout the division