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Ex-police chief not co-operating with probe of Prude’s death

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Rochester’s former police chief is refusing to co-operate with a City Council probe of the response to Daniel Prude’s death, the lawyer leading the investigation said Monday.

Singletary, who was f ired by Mayor Lovely Warren amid protests over handling of the case by police and City Hall, claims he’s not bound by a subpoena since he’s no longer a city employee, attorney and lead investigator Andrew Celli Jr. Celli said.

Singletary’s lawyer, Michael Tallon, said in a letter to Celli last week that records sought from Singletary will be preserved. He questioned the integrity of the investigation and said he will wait until other city officials, including the mayor, give testimony, and then decide how best to co-operate.

“Chief Singletary’s refusal to co-operate in the investigation, while very unfortunate, will not materially impede our progress,” Celli said in a statement Monday.
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