As protests and riots continue in America, many are calling for the police to be defunded. In some states and cities the police are already feeling the effects of this. However, in other places the police are taking a stand for themselves and other officers.
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The Rochester Police Department (RPD) in upstate New York has been protested against for days in light of Daniel Prude’s death. Due to this the department will see many of their officers vacating positions. Police Chief La’Ron Singletary and his deputy announced their retirement on Tuesday. Six other leaders within the RPD felt the need to resign as well.
Chief Singletary, in his announcement, stated that he had been honored to serve with the RPD for 20 years. He gave praise to his staff and stated that the protests and criticism were an attempt to deface his character as well as nobility.
According to Loretta Scott, Rochester City Council President, Singletary’s retirement will take effect September 29. She added that as of right now, the city doesn’t have a plan for moving forward following the command staff’s retirement.
The movement to defund the police seems to be advancing.
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