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New York City’s top cop is reportedly planning to announce his retirement on Monday following a turbulent three-year run in the high-profile, high-pressure job.
James O’neill is expected to resign comes on the heels of the firing of a former officer, Daniel Pantaleo, through his actions in the incident that led to Eric Garner’s death, and in the midst of mounting pressure, the New York Post reports.
Dermot Shea, the current chief of detectives, is expected to be in the place of O’neill, a city Hall official told The New York Times.
NYPD ARRESTS, TURMOIL, IN THE WAKE OF THE SHOOTING OF THE OFFICER TO BE CHARGED IN THE GARNER CASE, REPORT SAYS
Police Chief James P. O’neill. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
O’neill, who was appointed to the board of directors of the New York city Police Department by Mayor Bill de Blasio in 2016, replaced by Bill Bratton.
A press conference has been scheduled for Monday afternoon at city Hall, where the dismissal was due to be announced, according to the report.
EX-NYPD-COP FOR ERIC GARNER CHOKING CASE, DANIEL PANTALEO, COMPLAINING JOB IS TO GET THE
Under his watch, murders hit an all-time low in the first half of 2019 — while hate crimes and shootings have spiked in the city, according to the Post.
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The New York Times describes O’neill’s appointment as head of the nation’s largest police department as a wall. It is a period of time, which will be largely remembered for the racially charged aftermath of Garner’s death, five years ago, on Staten Island, an event that led to the Pantaleo’s firing in August, it is a fraught relationship between the NYPD’s leadership and rank-and-file police, and a wave of police suicides.