Rochester Police Locust Club President Mike Mazzeo called for the resignation of Mayor Lovely Warren on Wednesday.
This comes a day after Rochester Police Chief La'Ron Singletary and other RPD command staff announced they would retire.
Protests have taken place in the city for the past week in the wake of the release of body camera footage showing the arrest of Daniel Prude in Rochester in March. Prude would die in police custody a week later.
Mazzeo said the Locust Club supports the attorney general’s office in moving forward with a fair and impartial investigation into the Prude case.
He claims it’s clear to all that the mayor has been less than truthful, saying the confidence of the people and members of the force have been lost.
"The needs of the community, the direction of the police department and most importantly the safety of the community cannot effectively be carried out with Mayor Warren remaining in office," said Mazzeo.
In response, Mayor Warren issued a statement, saying instead that it time for Mazzeo to resign, and that his "archaic ways of policing are no longer wanted in the City of Rochester."
Mazzeo said there’s a need for change when the entire command staff walked out. He said he saw it coming, and heard enough frustration to anticipate it.
The Locust Club says there’s a lot of stress and pressure on officers right now with the changes in leadership.
Although the command staff has resigned, Mazzeo says he has no plans to leave. He said it’s his passion and commitment to support them, and he will not walk away at this point in time.
This is a developing story that will be updated as more information becomes available.