La’Ron Singletary

Rochester Police Chief La’Ron Singletary and his entire command staff announced their retirement on Tuesday afternoon following protests and criticism over the police killing of Daniel Prude, an African-American man who died seven days after being hooded and held down.

Prude died of asphyxiation in March after local police put a hood over his head and pressed his head to a street for two minutes. Prude’s brother, Joe, had originally called 911 to get help, saying Daniel was having a mental health emergency.

After days of protests against the Rochester Police Department, Singletary and command staff announced they are retiring from the force.

“As a man of integrity, I will not sit idly by while outside entities attempt to destroy my character,” Singletary, a 20-year veteran of the force, said in a statement. “The members of the Rochester Police Department and the Greater Rochester Community know my reputation and know what I stand for.”

Chief Singletary, Deputy Chief Joseph Morabito and Commander Fabian Rivera have all announced their retirements, Rochester Police confirmed.