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Rochester Police Chief, Entire Command Staff Retire After Mayor Enlists ‘Elders’ to Serve As Human Shields Against Them

By Chris Menahan

Rochester Police Chief La’Ron Singletary and his entire command staff announced their sudden retirements on Tuesday, just two days after Mayor Lovely Warren announced a plan to enlist “elders” to serve as human shields for “protesters” who rioted for days, attacked police, attacked diners at restaurants and set fire to a black-owned business.

Rochester Police Chief La’Ron Singletary released the following statement:

Today, after 20 years of dedicated service to the Rochester Police Department and the Rochester Community, I announce my retirement from the Rochester Police Department. For the past two decades, I have served this community with honor, pride, and the highest integrity.

As a man of integrity, I will not sit idly by while outside entities attempt to destroy my character. 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. 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.

I would like to thank the men and women of the Rochester Police Department, as well as the Rochester Community for allowing me the honor of serving as your Chief and fulfilling a lifelong dream. I look forward to continuing to serve our community in my next chapter.

“Rochester Police confirmed Tuesday Chief Singletary, Deputy Chief Joseph Morabito and Commander Fabian Rivera announced their retirements. Deputy Chief Mark Simmons and Commander Henry Favor will return to previously-held lieutenant ranks,” 13 WHAM reported.

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