ROCHESTER, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren tapped a Black woman to become the city’s interim police chief, saying Saturday she will bring a “fresh approach to policing” amid the tumultuous aftermath to Daniel Prude’s death.

Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan, who retired from the department in 2009 as a lieutenant, will become the first woman to head the police department on Oct. 14.

Warren fired former Police Chief La’Ron Singletary this month after police body camera video was released of Prude, a Black man who died several days after officers put a hood over his head and pressed his face into the pavement on March 23.

The video’s release sparked days of protests in the city and insistent calls for reform.

ROCHESTER, NY – SEPTEMBER 10: The family of Daniel Prude, visiting from Chicago and Florida, participate in a community celebration of life in Prude’s memory on September 10, 2020, in Rochester, New York. There have been protests in Rochester since the family released bodycam footage of his arrest, which led to his subsequent death. The celebration took place on Jefferson Avenue, the street where Prude was arrested. (Photo by Joshua Rashaad McFadden/Getty Images)

“I am confident that she will bring a different perspective and instill a fresh approach to policing, both of which are very much needed in our city, particularly at this difficult time,” Warren said at a news conference.

Herriott-Sullivan is currently the interim deputy executive director at the Rochester Housing Authority.

“I know these are tough times right now, but I believe strongly that we all bring our best to the table and we’ll be able to get it done,” Herriott-Sullivan said.

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