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Rochester Mayor Loses Primary Amid Felony Charges, Drug Trafficking Raid On Her Home

Rochester, NY – The scandal-plagued mayor of Rochester, who is under indictment for felony campaign finance violations, lost her re-election bid on Tuesday night when she was badly beaten in the Democratic primary.

Ahead of the vote, Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren faced repeated calls for her resignation, The New York Times reported.

Not only is she facing felony charges, Rochester police raided her home in May and found drugs and illegal weapons.

Her husband was arrested and charged with being a part of a drug trafficking operation.

Warren’s political future was already in jeopardy before the criminal charges became part of the problem because she badly handled the situation surrounding the death of Daniel Prude as he was being arrested by Rochester police, The New York Times reported.

Her administration was accused of withholding the bodycam video of the incident for months.

Prude died in police custody after he suffered a mental health crisis and began smashing car windows on March 23, 2020.

Bodycam video showed that when police arrived on the scene, Prude was standing naked in the middle of the street, bleeding from injuries he sustained when he smashed car windows a few minutes earlier.

The video showed that Prude followed police commands to lay on his stomach and put his hands behind his back so they could put handcuffs on him.

But when they sat him up, he began spitting at the officers, the video showed.

Prude had told passersby that he had coronavirus, so when he started spitting at the police, the officers put a spit bag over his head, The New York Times reported.

Then he tried to get up so officers took him to the ground and held his head to the pavement for two minutes, the video showed.

Prude’s voice became muffled in the video and after a moment, his speech became slurred and nonsensical.

When Prude stopped moving and police suspected he was in medical distress, the video showed they turned him over to render aid but discovered that none of the seven officers on the scene had a handcuff key to use to release him.

Paramedics arrived and resuscitated Prude and transported him to the hospital, the video showed.

When he died a week later, the medical examiner ruled his death a homicide due to asphyxiation and drugs, The New York Times reported.

The details and circumstances surrounding Prude’s death in the custody of the Rochester police didn’t become public until the family started asking more questions after the death of George Floyd in the custody of the Minneapolis police three months later.

Rochester police had represented Prude’s death to the public as a fatal drug overdose and his autopsy confirmed that he had PCP in his system when he died.

So when the bodycam video was released in September of 2020 that showed Prude’s altercation with police that preceded him losing consciousness, the community erupted and violent riots rocked the city.

Activists accused the police department of a cover-up and wanted Warren to fire the police chief and demanded prosecutors charge the seven police officers involved.

On Sept. 8, 2020, Chief Singletary and Rochester Police Deputy Chief Joseph Morabito and the rest of the entire command staff announced their retirements at the end of the month shortly before the Rochester City Council met to discuss the police department’s handling of the violent riots, the New York Post reported.

Warren initially defended her police officials, refused to fire the chief, and warned that more police officers might be resigning.

But less than a week later, the mayor reversed her position and fired Chief Singletary.

That’s when the New York Attorney General Letitia James stepped in to review the case and convened a grand jury who declined to charge any of the Rochester police officers.

The grand jury’s decision sparked more riots in the city.

Warren was handily defeated in the primary on June 22 by Rochester City Councilman Malik Evans, who is also a member of the school board, FOX News reported.

Written by
Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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