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_imgOffshore oil and gas explorer and producer Kosmos Energy has completed the acquisition of Gulf of Mexico operator Deep Gulf Energy (DGE).DGE assets in Gulf of Mexico (blue – producing, green – prospect, yellow outline – operated); Source: DGEKosmos said on Monday that the acquisition of Deep Gulf Energy included Deep Gulf Energy LP, Deep Gulf Energy II, Deep Gulf Energy III, and related entities.The company agreed the buy for a total consideration of $1.225 billion, subject to certain adjustments. Of the total amount, $925 million was in cash while $300 million was in Kosmos common shares issued to First Reserve, management, and other DGE shareholders.According to Kosmos, the acquisition of DGE adds to its deepwater Atlantic Margin portfolio with attractive assets and a strong record of growing production and reserves through infrastructure-led exploration.“This immediately accretive acquisition enhances the scale of the company and is expected to generate significant free cash flow, enabling Kosmos to return cash to shareholders through a dividend, beginning in the first quarter of 2019,” the company said.In a previous statement, Kosmos said that the acquisition would add approximately 25,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boed) of production (around 85% oil), growing 2018 pro forma production by 50% from approximately 45,000 to 70,000 boed.Kosmos will also add estimated 2P reserves of approximately 80 million barrels of oil equivalent (mmboe), increasing total 2P reserves by 40% from over 200 mmboe to approximately 280 mmboe.last_img read more