first_imgTopics : Rochester, New York’s police chief abruptly resigned on Tuesday along with his command staff, saying there had been a “mischaracterization and politicization” of his actions following the death of Daniel Prude in police custody.Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren told a City Council meeting that she had not asked Chief La’Ron Singletary to resign, though she said there was “information that was brought to light today that I have not previously seen before.” She did not elaborate.Rochester, a city of 200,000 people on Lake Ontario, erupted with protests last week after the Prude family released body camera footage showing officers had used a mesh hood and pinned Prude, a 41-year-old Black man, to the pavement during the March arrest. “The mischaracterization and the politicization of the actions that I took after being informed of Mr. Prude’s death is not based on facts, and is not what I stand for.”Warren, who has also come under pressure for the handling of Prude’s arrest and death, said Singletary’s deputy, Joseph Morabito, had also retired and that “there may be a number of others that will decide to leave as well.”The mayor said she was unsure when the retirements would take effect.Free the People ROC, a local Black Lives Matter group, welcomed the resignations in a Facebook post but demanded more.”Let’s keep the pressure up until all those responsible for Daniel Prude’s murder and cover up — including Mayor Lovely Warren – have resigned, taken responsibility and donated their pensions to the families they allowed to be harmed,” it wrote.Warren apologized to the Prude family last week and suggested she had been misled by Singletary – an allegation he denied. Singletary also pointed to his ordering of an internal investigation soon after the incident.The Rochester police union’s head, Michael Mazzeo, defended the officers last week, saying they followed procedure in using the so-called “spit hood,” necessary because Prude claimed he had the coronavirus. Mazzeo also said Singletary’s office told him after the arrest there were “no concerns” with the officers’ actions.center_img The release of the footage five months after Prude’s death had raised questions of a possible cover-up and turned Rochester into the latest flashpoint in a summer of protests over racial injustice first sparked by George Floyd’s May 25 death.Seven police officers involved in the arrest were suspended last week. The medical examiner ruled Prude’s death a homicide by asphyxiation, with the drug PCP a contributing factor. He was having a psychotic episode when he was arrested.Black Lives Matter activists had called for Singletary’s resignation. But as recently as Sunday, amid a weekend of demonstrations, he had said he intended to stay on, and Warren backed him. Both he and the mayor are Black.”As a man of integrity, I will not sit idly by while outside entities attempt to destroy my character,” Singletary said in a statement, noting his 20 years on the force.last_img read more

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – Cheteshwar Pujara tuned up for next week’s first Test with a compact hundred on the opening day of India’s three-day tour match against West Indies A here yesterday.The right-hander, who averages 51 in 68 Tests, struck exactly 100 as India enjoyed a good warm-up, ending on 297 for six at Coolidge Cricket Ground.Rohit Sharma chipped in with 68, Hanuma Vihari finished 37 not out, while Lokesh Rahul (36) and Rishabh Pant (33) both also got starts but failed to carry on.Part-time seamer Jonathan Carter was the home side’s best bowler with three for 39.India started soundly with Rahul and Mayank Agarwal (12) posting 36 for the first wicket before Carter struck twice as the visitors lost three wickets for 17 runs in the space of 29 balls.Agarwal missed a full-length delivery from Carter and was bowled, Rahul hooked at fast bowler Keon Harding and taken at long leg by Romario Shepherd while Ajinkya Rahane lasted just six balls before falling to a catch at the wicket after flirting at one from Carter which swung.Pujara then combined with Rohit to resist West Indies-A in a 132-run fourth-wicket stand after India went to lunch at 89 for three.Unbeaten on 16 at the break, Pujara went on to face 187 balls in a shade under 3¾ hours while striking eight fours and a six. Rohit, meanwhile, also counted eight fours and a six in 115-ball knock which lasted just under 2½ hours before holing out to long-on where Harding took an excellent running catch on the ropes off off-spinner Akim Fraser.Pujara, not out on 89 at tea with India on 219 for four, added a further 58 for the fifth wicket with Vihari both retiring after reaching three figures.Pant put on 53 for the sixth wicket with Vihari before playing back to Carter and falling lbw.INDIA 1st inningsL. Rahul c Shepherd b Harding 36M. Agarwal b Carter 12C. Pujara ret. out 100A. Rahane c wkp. Hamilton b Carter 1Rohit Sharma c Harding b Fraser 68H. Vihari not out 37R. Pant lbw b Carter 33R. Jadeja not out 1Extras: (b-2, lb-3, nb-4) 9Total: (6 wkts, 88.5 overs) 297Fall of wickets: 1-36, 2-52, 3-53, 4-185, 5-243, 6-296.Bowling: Shepherd 11-5-35-0, Mindley 12-4-26-0, Harding 15-2-57-1, Carter 13.5-6-39-3, Pierre 14-2-44-0, Fraser 17-1-63-1, Hodge 6-1-28-0.WEST INDIES A – Jahmar Hamilton (captain), Darren Bravo, John Campbell, Jonathan Carter, Akim Fraser, Keon Harding, Kavem Hodge, Brandon King, Jason Mohammed, Marquino Mindley, Khary Pierre, Rovman Powell, Romario Shepherd, Jeremy Solozano.last_img read more

first_img• Related: Will second meeting with Aldridge pay off?The Lakers reportedly were having a second meeting with Aldridge, the power forward from Portland who clocks in with 23.4 points and 10.2 rebounds per night. Apparently they didn’t have enough time in the first meeting to explain their plan. Or apparently they spent most of the time talking about L.A. and not enough about the Lakers, and how Aldridge would fit.Is there a center to help Aldridge, especially on the defensive side? Is there an offense that incorporates what he does? Just who are D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle, really, and what happens if Kobe Bryant leaves after this season? A lot of stuff to discuss. Maybe they ran out of mozzarella sticks.Monroe, another movable power forward who has played in Detroit, was ticketed for New York. But joining a 17-win team that has Carmelo Anthony was enough to un-punch that ticket. The Lakers approached Monroe, too, but Milwaukee signed him, and that was almost too much to bear. Milwaukee? Monroe turned down Hollywood for Laverne and Shirley? No. Monroe, late of Detroit, knows abandoned property when he sees it. He chose a team that pushed Chicago to six games in the playoffs, welcomes back Jabari Parker, gets a full year out of Michael Carter-Williams, brings Grievis Vazquez off the bench, and has pterodactyl reach all over its frontcourt.Monroe also chose Jason Kidd as coach. He wants to win and he doesn’t really care how much snow accompanies it. He can hire a driver, if he wants.Kevin Love lives in Los Angeles. But Love also sat on Cleveland’s bench, with his injured shoulder, and watched the Cavaliers get to Game 6 of the NBA Finals without their second- and third-best players (himself and Kyrie Irving). So he is staying put. Play with sand castles or play with The King? Not a hard call.Anthony, in fact, is one of the few max-contract players who has declined winning. He visited Houston and the Lakers last year but chose New York.Otherwise, players are generally inclined to stay with their current teams, who can pay them more, for more years, under the Larry Bird rules. Or they go with winners. With San Antonio making a rare dip into free agency and creating the cap space, it’s difficult to see Aldridge signing anywhere else.Jordan? If he really wants to becoming a scoring option, he might have to leave the Clippers, but to where? Dallas does not have a point guard of note. The Lakers’ offense will be carried by Bryant, Russell and Randle, and Nick Young isn’t exactly a ball-mover.More likely Jordan will learn that Bryant and Michael Jordan also yelled at their teammates, sometimes more forcefully than Chris Paul does, and that Doc Rivers has been more patient with his free-throwing than any other coach would ever be.Although one would get a large kick out of hearing Clippers fans yell “Foul him!” if Jordan ever played for the visiting team.The Lakers might sign someone, but their chances appear better next season, provided Russell indeed becomes the passer that all scorers love. But the line of players who were supposedly hellbent on becoming Lakers stretches back to Ralph Sampson, Hakeem Olajuwon and Dominique Wilkins.Blame it on Larry Bird and Magic Johnson, the Romulus and Remus of the modern NBA. They were the first to take fewer dollars in order to lure better teammates. They started this fixation with winning. They can also tell you how long it took to build, or rebuild, Rome. If NBA players are avoiding the Lakers for the same reasons they once flocked to them, it is not a world crisis.It does not rise to the level of peas in guacamole, or where a baseball executive prefers to keep his decimal points. Actually, it dignifies the modern hoop star. It means he wants to win.Nineteen years ago, Shaquille O’Neal signed with the Lakers because of Jerry West and the chance to make bad movies, but also because he could win a title, since the Lakers had won 53 games the year before. Three seasons later, with Phil Jackson on board, it happened, and then two more titles happened.LaMarcus Aldridge, Greg Monroe and DeAndre Jordan were wooed by a franchise that won 21 games last season. They don’t need the standings to know. They saw the chalk outline themselves, at court level. A stopover at Jack Nicholson’s house, or all the Pink’s Hot Dogs they can eat, can only go so far. They want to win while they’re young.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more