Outgoing boss La’Ron Singletary announced last week his intention to step down in late September. But a review of the case has now led to his removal.
“This initial look showed what so many suspected we had a widespread problem at the Rochester Police Department,” Warren said in a news release Monday. “The one who looks at everything through the eyes of the badge, not the citizens we serve. This shows that Mr Prude’s death was not taken as seriously as it should have been by those who dealt with the case in city government at every level. “
Corporation adviser Tim Curtin and communications director Justin Roy were removed for 30 days without pay.
The decisions followed “a brief review by management of the city̵
Although Pond died in March, his family’s lawyers released a video with a video of a police body showing police covering his head with a “spit sock” and holding him lying on the ground before he could stop breathing. Pond stopped breathing and was pronounced dead in the hospital, where he died on March 30.
Last week, Prude’s sister filed a lawsuit in federal court against Singletary, 13 other officers and New York State, claiming in part that the cover-up was in the department.
The long-delayed announcement that a black man had been killed by police led to protests and accusations that local leaders had hidden the murder from the public.
CNN contacted Rochester City Council, Rochester Police Department and the Rochester Grasshopper Club.
City Attorney Stephanie Prince declined to comment when approached by CNN.
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