Nov 4, 2019

NYPD commissioner to announce departure

New York City Police Commissioner James O'Neill

New York City Police Commissioner James O'Neill. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

New York City Police Commissioner James O'Neill will announce Monday he is leaving his post for a job in the private sector, according to the Wall Street Journal. A successor to Mr. O’Neill hasn’t been named.

The big picture: During O'Neill's time as the head of the largest police force in the nation, crime rates remained at historic lows. Officers moved away from stop-and-frisk tactics and aggressive enforcement of some low-level infractions.

Yes, but: His tenure as commissioner was also marked by the officer-involved death of Staten Island resident Eric Garner in 2014, which helped invigorate the Black Lives Matter movement. O'Neill fired Daniel Pantaleo, a former NYPD officer who was deemed responsible for Garner's death.

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