(Tea Party PAC) – On Tuesday, the entire command staff of the Rochester Police Department (RPD) made national headlines almost instantly when they, including Chief of Police La’Ron Singletary, resigned at once.
Who can blame them?
They’re certainly getting no love or support from Rochester’s civilian leadership, that’s for sure.
While some on the left counted this as a victory (somehow), The Daily Wire notes that local reporting points to a lack of confidence in the Democrat mayor, who threw the police under the bus over the death of a man in police custody in March.
“I have addressed with the police chief how deeply, and personally, and professionally disappointed I am in him for failing to fully and accurately inform me about what occurred with Mr. Prude,” Mayor Lovely Warren said during a presser on September 3. “He knows he needs to do better to truly protect and serve our community.”
The mayor claimed that the chief told her that Prude “was experiencing and ultimately died from a drug overdose in police custody,” which she claimed was “entirely different” than what she “witnessed” on body camera footage. “I had no idea Mr. Prude died in the manner which he did,” she said.
WXXI News reported that according to the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office report, Prude’s death was listed as “’complications of asphyxia in the setting of physical restraint due to excited delirium due to acute phencyclidine intoxication,’ an indication that Prude might have been high on PCP.”
The outlet also highlighted police reports indicate that Prude had “gone on a destructive tear,” “smashing out the windows of several storefronts, and ranting about having the coronavirus” before he was confronted by police.
Although "deeply, personally, and professionally" disappointed in RPD Chief Singletary over the handling of Daniel Prude's death, Mayor Warren says he is the person to lead the community through these "difficult times." pic.twitter.com/OjGeudSutB
— News 8 WROC (@News_8) September 7, 2020
In reaction to the news of Singletary’s resignation, Gates Police Chief and President fo Monroe County Chiefs Association, James Vanbrederode, told local news reporter Christian Garzone, “Shocked but not surprised with all the [dysfunction] going on now…huge loss for city and residents of Rochester. He’s a constant professional.”
Gates Police Chief and President of Monroe County Chiefs Association James Vanbrederode on RPD Chief stepping down: “Shocked but not surprised with all the disfunction going on now…huge loss for city and residents of Rochester. He’s a constant professional” @News_8 pic.twitter.com/rQadyKCeYW
— Christian Garzone (@ccjgarzone) September 8, 2020
The Rochester Police Locust Club slammed the mayor’s poor leadership in a scathing statement.
“The events that have unfolded today have taken us completely by surprise, as they have everyone else. What is clear is that the problems of leadership go directly to the Mayor’s office,” the statement said, as reported by Rochester First.
“Our priority now is on the dedicated men and woman, who despite unprecedented challenges, continue to do a very difficult job. Our members remain focused and committed to serving the citizens of this city, despite the lack of support and leadership that we are witnessing coming from our elected officials in City Hall.”
Bob Lonsberry, a local radio host, tied the resignations to the department’s loss of confidence in local leadership.
“This is how a police department takes a no-confidence vote in a mayor and City Council,” he explained. “The clown circus is on its own now. You better double up on the elders tonight.”
This is how a police department takes a no-confidence vote in a mayor and City Council. The clown circus is on its own now. You better double up on the elders tonight.
— Bob Lonsberry (@BobLonsberry) September 8, 2020