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Rochester Police Command Staff Retire Amid Backlash From Daniel Prude's Death, Mayor Says

© REUTERS / BRENDAN MCDERMIDRochester Police Chief, La'Ron Singletary speaks during a news conference regarding the protests over the death of a Black man, Daniel Prude, after police put a spit hood over his head during an arrest on March 23, in Rochester, New York, U.S. September 6, 2020.
Rochester Police Chief, La'Ron Singletary speaks during a news conference regarding the protests over the death of a Black man, Daniel Prude, after police put a spit hood over his head during an arrest on March 23, in Rochester, New York, U.S. September 6, 2020. - Sputnik International
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The Rochester Police Department command staff retired amid protests over the death of African-American man Daniel Prude in police custody in March, Mayor Lovely Warren said during a virtual City Council meeting on Tuesday.

"I do want to inform you that the entire Rochester Police Department command staff has announced their retirement, that includes the police chief [La'Ron Singletary]," Warren said.

The mayor also said that more resignations from the Rochester Police Department are expected in the future.

Last week, the Rochester Police Department released body camera footage taken on 30 March by officers who apprehended Prude, who ran naked through the streets at night. Prude’s family had called 911 saying he was going through a mental health emergency.

The video footage shows that Prude complied with the officers’ orders, but started to shout and spit once he was handcuffed. The officers placed a spit bag over his head and pinned Prude to the ground. Prude vomited and appeared lifeless about two minutes later. According to Prude’s family, he died of asphyxiation.

On Saturday, New York Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement that her office was moving to empanel a grand jury as part of the investigation into Prude's death, which has sparked major protests in Rochester.

The Prude family has called for the police officers to be fired and criminal charges to be filed against them.

Earlier this month, Warren announced that she had suspended the police officers suspected of being involved in Prude’s death.

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