ROCHESTER, NY – The former Rochester police chief said he had initially not seen anything that appeared “arrogant” in the officers’ body camera video stalking Daniel Prude, a black man who died last winter. I was killed naked on a city street.
Lauron Singleri, who was fired by the mayor after the video was publicly released, answered questions Friday in a lively, round-the-clock statement about the city’s handling of the case. The city council’s fact-finding review is different from the ongoing grand jury investigation into Prude’s death.
In the video, Prude appears naked wearing handcuffs and with a spit with a naked head as an officer pushed his face against the ground, while another officer amputated a knee on his back on the morning of 23 March. The officers held him down for about two minutes. Until he stopped breathing. A week later he was removed from life support.
Singletary said he spoke to Mayor Lovely Warren twice on March 23 and by then, he had seen some body camera footage from the scene, according to the Rochester’s Democrat and Chronicle.
“It appears that there was nothing at the time,” Eckel said as Warren. “I explained to the mayor that we were going to do an investigation. I told the mayor that there is no strike, there were no punches regarding the video.
The county medical examiner listed the manner of death caused by “complications of asphyxia in the setting of physical restraint” and cited PCP as a contributing factor.
The Prude family held a news conference and released the video on 2 September, which spans the night’s protests in Rochester.
Singleri claimed in legal papers filed in December that Warren urged him to give false information to drop the facts and retract his claim that it was not until months later that he learned important details of the police encounter that led to Prude’s death. happened. On Friday, he said he was asked to “provide false information to support the narrative.”
The city released a statement on Friday stating that Singleri has “done everything from the beginning through today, and believes neither he nor anyone in the Rochester Police Department has done anything wrong.”