FILE PHOTO: New York Police Division (NYPD) Commissioner James P. O’Neill speaks at a information convention at Police Headquarters in New York, U.S., August 19, 2019. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York Police Division Commissioner James O’Neill was anticipated to step down on Monday and get replaced by the division’s chief of detectives, New York Metropolis Mayor Invoice de Blasio introduced on Twitter.
O’Neill, who has labored in New York Metropolis regulation enforcement since 1983 and was appointed commissioner in 2016, was anticipated to announce his resignation at a information convention on Monday.
An NYPD spokeswoman declined to remark.
De Blasio mentioned on Twitter that present Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea would change O’Neill as the following commissioner.
“As Commissioner, Chief Shea will give attention to placing 21st century precision policing to work with a view to deepen police-community bonds and finish the scourge of gun and gang violence,” de Blasio wrote.
In one other tweet, de Blasio mentioned, “I’m fortunate to have labored with pretty much as good a person as Jimmy O’Neill.”
Whereas the explanations for O’Neill’s departure are unclear, he has come below hearth in current weeks.
The Police Benevolent Affiliation, which represents NYPD officers, blasted the commissioner in August for firing Officer Daniel Pantaleo, whose use of a banned chokehold led to the loss of life of Eric Garner in 2014. Garner’s loss of life was one among a collection of killings that sparked nationwide #BlackLivesMatter protests over allegations of police mistreatment of minorities.
Pantaleo filed a lawsuit in opposition to the NYPD final month, alleging that he was wrongfully terminated.
Reporting by Gabriella Borter in New York; Enhancing by Frank McGurty and Invoice Berkrot