La’Ron Singletary, former Rochester Police Chief, says that Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren told him to lie about the death of Daniel Prude to the city council.
“Mayor Warren asked me to withhold full and truthful information from the City Council investigation into the matter of Daniel Prude,” Singletary said, in a notice of claim made public Wednesday night according to RochesterFirst.
“Mayor Warren asked me instead, to provide false information to support the Mayor’s public narrative concerning her knowledge of the events in the matter of Daniel Prude. I repeatedly refused to lie for Mayor Warren. Pressure to support Mayor Warren’s narrative also came from other city officials.”
The former Police Chief has filed a notice of claim against the city earlier this month. A Rochester Office of Public Integrity Report mentions this claim as well as clearing some city employees of wrongdoing regarding Daniel Prude’s death.
Singletary was terminated from his post by Warren around two weeks following the news surrounding Prude’s death.
The former Police Chief had also announced his intention to retire along side several other notably high ranking Rochester Police Department members.
“The City administration continues to fully comply with the ongoing review by City Council into the death of Daniel Prude, as it did with the OPI investigation that found no wrongdoing. As for the Notice of Claim, it confirms the fact that Mayor Warren was never shown the body worn camera footage of the incident by former chief Singletary. It also confirms that Mayor Warren first saw the video on August 4th when it was provided by Corporation Counsel, a fact that Mr. Singletary refused to acknowledge until now. The City will fully defend taxpayers against this frivolous suit.”
— Bridgette Burch White, Spokeswoman for the City of Rochester
You can read the full document below, pages 37 through 84 are relevant
Daniel Prude died following an encounter with Rochester police in March 2020. The news of the incident only came to light in September of 2020. Prude’s death was ruled a homicide with “complications of asphyxia in the setting of physical restraint” as stated in the report.
The report also revealed that PCP was in Prude’s system during the time of the police encounter.
Prude’s family has filed a federal civil lawsuit against the city, alleging the city’s involvement in an internal cover-up.
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