William J. Bratton, the commissioner of the New York Police Department and the most widely recognized face in American policing, will step down next month to take a job in the private sector, ending a 45-year career in public life that spanned the country, from Boston to Los Angeles.
The resignation comes as a surprise, as Bratton had been expected to stay on through next year's mayoral election, officials said. His departure was announced on Tuesday afternoon by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
This comes after Millions March NYC, which shares some goals with Black Lives Matter, demanded that Mayor de Blasio fire Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and deliver reparations to victims of police brutality.
Mr. Bratton will be replaced by the Police Department’s top uniformed officer, Chief James O’Neill, a veteran New York commander who became a police officer in 1983.
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