Rochester: Entire police dept. command staff retires on Tuesday

Rochester: Entire police dept. command staff retires on Tuesday
Demonstrations in Rochester (Image: Twitter screen grab)

[Ed. – Who can blame them?  If the police have no backing from the political authorities, they just become sitting ducks.  At a certain point, you’re simply not willing to give orders that are unexecutable to start with, and are likely to get people killed.  The chief shouldn’t have to put up with the character assassination, but even worse is that it destroys morale and discipline in the department, to see the chief being attacked unfairly.]

The Rochester Police Department’s “entire command staff” announced their retirement on Tuesday, the mayor there said, amid raging protests over the death of Daniel Prude, the black man who was killed while being subdued by city cops while he suffered an apparent breakdown.

Chief La’Ron Singletary, a 20-year veteran of the force, and Deputy Chief Joseph Morabito, who served the department for 34 years, released statements moments before a scheduled briefing with Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren and the City Council about last night’s demonstrations. …

In a press release announcing his retirement, Singletary blasted what he called the “mischaracterization and the politicization of the actions that I took after being informed of Mr. Prude’s death.”

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“As a man of integrity, I will not sit idly by while outside entities attempt to destroy my character,” the statement said. “The events over the past week are an attempt to destroy my character and integrity.”

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