Prominent Democrat Mayor Sacks Replacement Police Chief

Mayor Lovely Warren relieved Rochester, N.Y.’s police chief of duty Monday and requested a federal investigation into the death of a Black man who died after a police encounter earlier this year.

The announcement came after Police Chief La’Ron Singletary and several other senior police command members announced their resignations last week following unrest over the death of Daniel Prude. Singletary was to step down Sept. 29.

“We have a pervasive problem in the Rochester Police Department, one that views everything through the eyes of the badge,” Warren said Monday during a hastily announced news conference. “The culture of policing in Rochester must change.”

Warren and Singletary have butted heads over the department’s handling of Prude’s death. She previously accused the city’s top cop of misleading her on the circumstances of the case while said his actions have been mischaracterized.

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