Is a legal battle headed to a courtroom near you? Former Police Chief La’ron Singletary popped up out of nowhere to remind us things are about to get messy. The former leader of the Rochester Police Department brushed off a subpoena to testify in the independent investigation of Daniel Prude.
According to 13Wham, Investigator Andrew Celli, Jr. said his office subpoenaed materials from former chief La’Ron Singletary and requested he provides testimony related to the investigation. Celli said Singletary, through his attorney, declined to provide related documents or to testify. “Chief Singletary’s refusal to cooperate with the investigation, while very unfortunate, will not materially impede our progress,” Celli said in a statement. “Even as we actively consider remedies for such non-compliance (Including, but not limited to, court enforcement) our work will continue, drawing on the many other sources of documentary evidence and testimony that are available to us.”
Singletary may be seeking vindication after his abrupt departure, just days before his scheduled retirement. The ship started sinking faster than the Titanic just hours after the community learned of the tragic murder and cover-up of Daniel Prude. Protesters across the city began demanding the resignations of several government officials, including Warren and Singletary. The mayor tried in vain to distance herself from the backlash but discovered it was almost six months too late. That is when she may have been advised to throw Singletary to the wolves if she wanted to be re-elected. Days later, Warren accused Singletary of misleading her by withholding the severity of Prude’s death. The mayor claimed she believed Prude died from a drug overdose and only learned of the true nature of Prude’s death in August after watching the video. Warren had a change of heart and tried to back-paddle after calling Singletary a liar and claiming that he mislead her. Unfortunately, the damage was done and the entire command staff tried to jump ship. But, before they could bail out, Warren decided it was time to show "who's the boss" by relieving Singletary of his duties early.
Now, Singletary has the ball in his court. Calling on high-priced attorney Michael Tallon to take care of his "dirty' work. According to reports, Tallon confirmed that Singletary may participate in the investigation, but only after people like Mayor Lovely Warren have been questioned. Will Warren take the bait or choose to opt-out as well? Singletary may be attempting to use Warren's statements against her. Which could place her on the hook for future investigations based on her testimony.