Greater than a dozen police chiefs confronted a backlash after George Floyd's loss of life – and left. Here’s a checklist. – USA TODAY



A veto-proof majority of the Minneapolis City Council committed to dismantling his police station after the death of George Floyd.


U. Reneé Hall, the first black woman to head the Dallas police force, stepped down as the youngest police chief on Tuesday after protests raged across the country since the death of George Floyd, a black man who followed a white in May Minneapolis died, having captured the cop put his knee on Floyd's neck.

Hall submitted her resignation the same day the Rochester, New York City Police Chief and several other senior officials announced their resignation from the division amid riot over Daniel Prude's death.

Prude, a black man, died of asphyxiation after police officers pinned him to the ground while they were holding him in an incident similar to Floyd's death.

When police authorities were criticized for the use of tear gas, pepper spray, and other means to control protests, police chiefs in major cities such as Seattle, Atlanta, Portland and Louisville, Kentucky were fired, resigned, or abruptly retired.

Here is a list of the chiefs who left their positions during a summer of racist reckoning.

Dallas, Texas

U. Reneé Hall, chief of the Dallas Police Department, resigned Tuesday after the mayor and councilors were concerned about their conduct and the department's treatment of recent protests. (Photo: LM Otero / Associated Press)

U. Reneé Hall filed her resignation Tuesday but agreed to continue until the end of the year. Your resignation letter gave no reason to resign.

During Hall's tenure, Dallas official Amber Guyger was convicted of murder in 2018 for the murder of her neighbor Botham Jean. And even before the coronavirus pandemic, the city was grappling with an increase in violent crime.

Dallas city councils and the mayor recently criticized Hall's leadership during the racial justice protests. In a single incident, police arrested hundreds of people who marched onto a city bridge to bring charges against almost all of them.

Rochester, New York

Rochester Police Chief La & # 39; Ron Singletary has announced his resignation. (Photo: NEWS 10NBC)

The 40-year-old Rochester Police Chief La & # 39; Ron Singletary announced his resignation from the police on September 8th. He became boss in 2019 and was under scrutiny until September because of the death of Daniel Prude, who passed away in March but whose case was not made public. Many community activists have called for his resignation.

The officers' interaction with Prude was captured in a police video worn on their bodies showing officers holding Prude prone and pressing his head and chest on the sidewalk for a few minutes until he, apparently unnoticed by the officers, stops breathing.

Rochester, New York: The police chief announces the resignation after the death of Daniel Prude

In addition to Singletary's resignation, the assistant chief who oversees the division's operations also said he was about to retire, and two others left their positions of command and returned to the lieutenant.

Seattle, Washington

Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best laughs for a light moment at a press conference in Seattle on Tuesday. (Photo: Ted Warren / The Associated Press)

Carmen Best, the first black woman to head the Seattle Police Department, announced her resignation on Aug. 11 after the city council decided to cut her salary and that of her commandos while reducing the department's budget by nearly $ 4 million. Dollars were cut and the armed forces reduced by up to 100 officers.

Best and the SPD have been criticized for their handling of protests following Floyd's murder, particularly the use of tear gas and other less lethal methods of crowd control. Protesters recently marched to her home with activists calling for more accountability and a new approach to law enforcement across the country.

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Mayor Jenny Durkan, who selected Best as head of the department in 2018, appointed deputy boss Adrian Diaz as interim head.

Deanna Nollette, Seattle's deputy chief of police and Adrian Diaz, deputy chief of police, are prevented by protesters from entering the newly created Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) in Seattle on June 11, 2020. (Photo by JASON REDMOND, AFP via Getty Images)

Nashville, Tennessee

Steve Anderson, Metropolitan Nashville Police Chief. (Photo: AP Photo / Mark Humphrey)

Steve Anderson, the chief of the Metro Nashville Police Department, had planned to retire this fall, but the mayor's office suddenly announced that August 6th would be his last day of work.

It is unclear what caused the departure, but he was criticized by activists and councilors of Nashville during his tenure as chief. Anderson announced his resignation in June after a police reform was called for in Nashville and a controversial decision was made to increase funding for the city's police department. Supporters claim he ran the department with a steady hand.

MNPD deputy chief John Drake assumed command of the department as interim chief as the city continues its national search for Anderson's replacement.

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Deputy Metro Chief John Drake has a growing profile within the police department. Many see him as the most likely internal candidate to replace outgoing boss Steve Anderson. (Photo: Shelley Mays / The Tennessean)

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales in 2018. (Photo: Jon D. RIEMANN, Milwaukee Police Department)

Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales was demoted to captain on August 6, less than a year after being appointed to a four-year tenure by the city's Fire and Police Commission.

Morales had previously been instructed to publicly explain why the department had used tear gas during the recent riots, clarify investigation and discipline in certain cases, and provide updates on recruitment and promotions.

The commissioners unanimously voted to demote him and some accused him of lying repeatedly.

Deputy Chief Michael Brunson Sr. was unanimously named acting chief according to the department's chain of command.

Deputy chief Michael Brunson was sworn in as acting Milwaukee police chief on Friday. (Photo: Michael Sears / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Police chief downgraded after questions about the use of tear gas, pepper spray during protests

Fanwood, New Jersey

Police Chief Richard Trigo resigned on July 13 over controversy over alleged comments on a former district attorney who was Asian-American and New Jersey's first Sikh attorney general.

A district attorney's press release said Trigo had told police and prosecutors in late July that he would step down the following Monday. However, his lawyer said Trigo planned to retire in September.

Richard Trigo, Fanwood Police Chief. (Photo: ~ file)

"Chief Trigo has not resigned or resigned," wrote Joshua McMahon. “Any claim to the contrary is categorically and demonstrably wrong. Chief Trigo had previously started the retirement process on September 1, 2020 and by that point had chosen to take a vacation to resolve a family-related health problem. "

Audio recordings posted on YouTube surfaced allegedly making racist comments on Sikh-American Attorney General Gurbir Grewal and sexist comments on former Union County Attorney Grace Park.

Fanwood, New Jersey: Police chief appear after alleged racist, sexist comments

Las Cruces, New Mexico

La Cruces police chief Patrick Gallagher, who became chief in 2018, planned to retire in December after the city manager left. But "recent events" also played a role in his decision, according to Gallagher's letter to the police.

Gallagher has had eight fatal encounters with the police since taking over.

The last time Antonio Valenzuela was killed was on February 29 after police officer Christopher Smelser held him in a stranglehold. Smelser and another officer fought Valenuzuela after escaping officers during a traffic obstruction. Valenzuela's death was considered manslaughter and the officer was dismissed and charged with involuntary manslaughter.

During a press conference on Friday April 5, Las Cruces Police Chief Patrick Gallagher said it took 38 rounds of non-fatal violence to kill alleged mall knife knife Joshua James LeNoir during an incident at Mesilla Valley Mall on Sept. Submit and arrest March. (Photo: Bethany Freudenthal)

Las Cruces police banned the use of chokeholds immediately after Valenzuela's death.

In mid-June, the city's legislature demanded more transparency and more control over police policy. Protesters have gathered near police headquarters to rally in support of law enforcement officers. The clashes between police and protesters in Las Cruces were minimal.

The city said Deputy Head of Administrative Support Services Miguel Dominguez will serve as interim chief of the Las Cruces Police Department until the city occupies the position permanently in the fall.

Los Angeles, California

Todd Chamberlain resigned as police chief of Los Angeles schools on July 1 after the school board decided to cut the police budget by a third and diverted the money to "support African American students' performance under the law" resolution .

As a result, 65 civil servants would be laid off and nearly 40 vacancies would not be filled, Chamberlain told the school board. The school board also asked officers to give up their uniforms and patrol off campus.

Meanwhile, city leaders voted to cut the Los Angeles Police Department's budget by $ 150 million, bringing the number of officers down to levels not seen in more than a decade injustice.

LAPD funding has been cut by $ 150 million: Money to be diverted to community programs

Tuscon, Arizona

Tucson's chief of police offered his resignation in June after videotaping showed an incident in April that resulted in the death of a man in police custody and raised questions about how officers handled the incident.

The chief, Chris Magnus, said the three police officers involved in the incident, who have since resigned, have not yet been found criminally responsible for the death of 27-year-old Carlos Ingram Lopez. However, an investigation found that they violated the department's guidelines during the arrest.

The Tuscon city administrator declined the boss's offer to resign.

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Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus, right, and Mayor Regina Romero during a June 24, 2020 press conference on the April death of Carlos Ingram-Lopez of Tucson. (Photo by Josh Galemore / Arizona Daily Star) (Photo: Josh Galemore / Arizona Daily Star, ARIZONA DAILY STAR)

Prince George & # 39; s County, Maryland

Prince George & # 39; s County Police Chief Hank Stawinski resigned June 18 after heading the department since 2016, several news outlets reported.

The resignation comes after the American Civil Liberties Union issued a 94-page report detailing what it called the department's discriminatory practices and retaliatory acts.

Thirteen black and Hispanic officers from Prince George's Police Department asked the ACLU to file a lawsuit on their behalf in 2018. Officials said white officials would make racist statements or use racist slurs but would not be punished, while minority officials reported the incidents would be punished, according to the ACLU.

According to the department's website, Hector Velez is now acting as the interim police chief.

Richmond, Virginia

Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney announced the resignation of City Police Commissioner William Smith at a news conference on June 16, the Associated Press reported.

The announcement came days after a police SUV blocked several protesters near the Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond on Saturday night and two weeks after police released tear gas into a crowd of peaceful protesters more than 20 minutes before the curfew .

Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields resigned on June 13 following the death of Rayshard Brooks, a 27-year-old man who was shot and killed by an officer on the run during a fight in a Wendish transit late Friday night.

Atlanta Police Officer Garrett Rolfe, who was involved in Brooks' death, was fired and another was transferred to administration the following day.


Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who announced the chief of police's resignation, said Shields would continue to play a "yet to be determined" role in the police department. Rodney Bryant, Atlanta deputy chief of police, will serve as the interim chief.

Rayshard Brooks death: Atlanta Police Officer Fired; Police chief resigns

Rodney Bryant, interim Atlanta police chief, speaks to the Associated Press in Atlanta on June 18, 2020. On Saturday June 13, former Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields resigned after an officer fatally shot Rayshard Brooks after a fight in the parking lot of a Wendy's restaurant. (Photo: AP Photo / Brynn Anderson)

Portland, Oregon

Jami Resch announced on June 8 that she would be stepping down as head of the Portland, Oregon Police Bureau due to protests against police brutality and ending her term in less than six months.

Chuck Lovell, acting captain of the office's Community Services Division, has been named chief. Lovell, 46, is the bureau's fourth African American police chief, the Oregonian reported.

Jami Resch, head of the Portland Police Bureau, announced her resignation amid protests by George Floyd. (Photo: Associated Press)

Resch, who is white, said she asked Lovell to take her place and called him "just the right person at just the right moment." The Oregonian reported that Lovell was hired by the police bureau in 2002.

Portland, Oregon: Police chief resigns after 6 months amid protests by George Floyd

Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell calls for an end to violence in the city during a press conference Sunday, the day after a protester was shot dead in downtown Portland on Saturday. (Photo: SEAN MEAGHER / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Louisville, Kentucky

On June 1, Mayor Greg Fischer fired the Louisville Subway Police Chief Steve Conrad after learning that in the fatal shooting of popular barbecue restaurant owner David McAtee, officers failed to turn on their body cameras, in violation of guidelines, which have been checked many times recently.

Both LMPD officers and National Guard soldiers fired their guns, killing McAtee after officials said someone shot LMPD officers from a parking lot.

Steve Conrad,
Louisville Metro Police Chief. (Photo: Matt Stone / Das Kurier-Journal, Matt Stone / Das Kurier-Journal)

Conrad, who served as boss for eight years, had announced his retirement at the end of June as pressure increased after another fatal police shootout: that of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency medical technician who was killed on March 13 In her flat.

Yvette Gentry, a former deputy chief of police on the Louisville Subway, will take over as interim chief of the contested police on October 1, saying she is ready to "move the needle forward". The 50-year-old Louisville native will become the first woman, first black woman, and third African American to serve as the head of the Louisville Metro Police.

Yvette Gentry was appointed LMPD's new provisional police chief on Monday, September 7th, 2020 (Photo: Jeff Faughender / Courier Journal)

Featuring: Jordan Culver, Jorge Ortiz, Elinor Aspegren, Grace Hauck, Nicquel Terry Ellis, USA TODAY; Gina Barton and Ashley Luthern. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Emily Wilder and Audrey Jensen, Republic of Arizona; Darcy Costello, Louisville Courier Journal; Will Cleveland, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle; Lucas Peerman, Las Cruces Sun-News; Suzanne Russell, Bridgewater Courier News; Mike Reicher and Dave Boucher, The Tennessean; The Associated Press

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