Republicans are using threats, histrionic pledges and legislation to scare cities considering police reform
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The mayor of Rochester, New York named the city's first female police chief on Saturday, weeks after firing the previous chief amid protests over the death of a Black man in police custody. Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan, a top official at the Rochester Housing Authority who previously served as a city police officer for more than 20 years, takes over as interim head of the police department on Oct. 14, Mayor Lovely Warren said. The mayor fired the last chief, La'Ron Singletary, on Sept. 14 as racial justice demonstrations boiled over the department's handling of the asphyxiation death in March of Daniel Prude, 41, who was having a psychotic episode when he was arrested.
Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan has been appointed Rochester's new interim police chief -- the first woman to hold the position -- amid criticism over the handling of the death of Daniel Prude, a Black man who died in March after he was seen being pinned to the ground by Rochester police officers. Police Chief La'Ron Singletary was fired in the wake of Prude's death. "Traditional policing practices must be altered and improved to better serve and protect our citizens," Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said at a news conference Saturday.
Taylor's family demanded authorities release all related body camera footage, police files, and transcripts after no officers were directly charged.