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Mayor Lovely Warren has fired Rochester Police Chief La’Ron Singletary, effective immediately, and suspended her top communications aide and the city’s attorney for 30 days without pay.

During a news conference Monday, the mayor said she took the personnel actions after receiving a report from Deputy Mayor James Smith, whom she instructed to perform an “internal management review of the mental hygiene arrest and subsequent death of Daniel Prude to determine who knew what and when.”


Rochester City Council is taking some steps this week to continue with its review of what happened in the death of Daniel Prude. 

Council is holding a listening session for Rochesterians who want to talk about about recent events, including the death of Prude, reimagining public safety and the resulting protests. Prude died last March, a week after police restrained him on the pavement. He suffocated and died a week later. His death was ruled a homicide.

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There has been more than a week of protests and rallies in Rochester since the public learned of the March death of Daniel Prude.

Prude is the 41-year-old Chicago man who was visiting his brother in Rochester. His brother, Joe Prude, called police because Daniel was having a mental health crisis, and they eventually found him running naked on Jefferson Avenue. Officers pinned him to the pavement, he lost consciousness and died a week later. The death was ruled a homicide.

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For the second time this week, naked, or near-naked protesters have gathered in a public space in Rochester to show support for issues raised by Free The People Roc and other social justice groups in recent days.

The protests began last week when video surfaced of the way Daniel Prude was treated. Police were called to look for him last March by his brother, when Daniel was having a mental health crisis.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP)  Two protesters accused of attacking police officers during a demonstration over the suffocation death of Daniel Prude face federal charges, prosecutors said Wednesday.

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The protest rallies and marches continued for a 7th straight night in Rochester on Tuesday, with events beginning on Jefferson Avenue in the city, near where Daniel Prude was pinned to the pavement by police in March. He died a week later, but news about his death came to light with police bodycam video released last week, sparking days of protest and nationwide condemnation by activists, political leaders and many other people.

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The sudden retirement announcement involving Rochester Police Chief La’Ron Singletary and other top RPD commanders on Tuesday brought reaction from community groups and officials.

That included Free The People Roc, which has pushed for the resignation of not only the police chief but other top local officials including Mayor Lovely Warren.

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Protests calling for changes in local government leadership and justice for Daniel Prude continued for a sixth consecutive night on Monday.

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A tweet from President Donald Trump on Monday is already getting a lot of reaction on social media and a statement issued by Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren.

Trump’s tweet says that, “Rochester N.Y., Brooklyn N.Y., Portland - All had bad nights, all weakly run by Radical Left Democrat Governors and Mayors! Get the picture?”

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Several naked, or near-naked protesters sat outside Rochester’s Public Safety Building early Monday morning. They were also wearing spit hoods, the kind of device that police put on Daniel Prude last March as they pinned him to the pavement on Jefferson Avenue. He lost consciousness and died a week later.

Officers originally were called to help Prude by his brother,  because he was having a mental health crisis. He had been seen running naked on Jefferson Avenue just before police restrained him on the roadway.