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In a development that doesn't bode well for the future of public safety in America's largest city, veteran NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill is reportedly expected to resign his post as soon as Monday, according to a report in the New York Post.
The city's top police official has been rumored to be on the cusp of resigning for months now, and it's likely that he will make it official during a press briefing scheduled for Monday afternoon. His departure comes just over three years into his tenure.
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The impetus for his departure is obvious: He refused to fire Officer Daniel Pantaleo, the cop who killed Staten Island resident Eric Garner back in 2014 as officers were trying to subdue him while placing him under arrest for selling untaxed cigarettes. Pantaleo was finally fired in August for allegedly placing Garner in an illegal chokehold that led to his death. Pantaleo is now suing the city, and O'Neill's decision to go along with a judge's recommendation to fire Pantaleo - who was acquitted on murder charges stemming from the killing - badly damaged his support among rank-and-file cops.
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O'Neill's departure caps off a career in policing that began more than 30 years ago when the East Flatbush native joined the NYC Transit Police at the age of 25 back in 1983. The transit police merged with the NYPD in 1995, and O'Neill subsequently worked his way up the ranks in the department, serving as a commanding officer in three districts.
O'Neill's decision comes at a difficult time for the NYPD. NYC residents who have been incensed by the rash of police shootings that helped launched...
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