NEW YORK (AP) — A top commander seen as a rising star in the leadership ranks of the New York Police Department has abruptly given notice that he is quitting. Chief of Patrol Fausto Pichardo filed retirement paperwork on Tuesday and will remain on the job until mid-November. A police official told The Associated Press the move came in response to what Pichardo saw as poor treatment from Mayor Bill de Blasio in recent days. The official was not authorized to speak publicly and did so on condition of anonymity. De Blasio’s denied he had a bad relationship with Pichardo and said the officer was retiring for personal reasons.
NYC’s top cop said he was “surprised” by Chief of Patrol Fausto Pichardo’s sudden resignation after weeks of tension with Mayor de Blasio — but defended the mayor’s tendency to ignore the chain of command and pester his staff with personal phone calls.https://t.co/mf3vX547IU
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