September 27, 2020 | 3:49am

NEW YORK – The mayor of Rochester, New York named town’s first feminine police chief on Saturday, weeks after firing the earlier chief amid protests over the demise of a Black man in police custody.

Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan, a high official on the Rochester Housing Authority who beforehand served as a metropolis police officer for greater than 20 years, takes over as interim head of the police division on Oct. 14, Mayor Beautiful Warren mentioned.

“As the primary lady to serve on this position, I’m assured she is going to carry a unique perspective and instill a recent strategy to policing, that are very a lot wanted in our metropolis at this explicit time,” Warren mentioned in a press release.

The mayor fired the final chief, La’Ron Singletary, on Sept. 14 as racial justice demonstrations boiled over the division’s dealing with of the asphyxiation demise in March of Daniel Prude, 41, who was having a psychotic episode when he was arrested.

Warren additionally suspended with out pay for 30 days two metropolis officers amid questions on a attainable cover-up of the occasions round Prude’s demise, and has known as for a federal investigation into whether or not Prude’s civil rights have been violated.

Video footage, launched by Prude’s household, confirmed officers utilizing a mesh hood and pinning him to the pavement, in a scene paying homage to George Floyd’s Could 25 demise in Minneapolis police custody.

Seven Rochester law enforcement officials concerned within the arrest have been suspended on Sept. 3. The health worker dominated Prude’s demise a murder by asphyxiation, with the drug PCP a contributing issue.