Saying he would "not sit idly by while outside entities attempt to destroy my character," Rochester Police Chief La'Ron Singletary announced Tuesday that he was retiring from the department.
Deputy Chief Joseph Morabito also announced his retirement.
In the wake of last week's news about the death of Daniel Prude after he was restrained by city police in March, nightly protests have occurred, with many calling for Singletary and Mayor Lovely Warren to resign.
In an emailed statement, Singletary said Tuesday that "the events over the past week are an attempt to destroy my character and integrity."
"The members of the Rochester Police Department and the Greater Rochester Community know my reputation and know what I stand for," he said in the statement. "The mischaracterization and the politicization of the actions that I took after being informed of Mr. Prude’s death is not based on facts, and is not what I stand for. "
Singletary, who spent his entire career inside the Rochester Police Department, was appointed chief in April 2019.
He said he looks forward to "continuing to serve our community in my next chapter."