Commissioner O’Neill Resign because the Lack of Support from the Mayor

Commissioner O’Neill Resign because the Lack of Support from the Mayor
Photo Caption: Council Member Vanessa Gibson, Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clarke, and NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill

Op-Ed:

You should know that New York Police Department Commissioner James O’Neill has announced that he is stepping down from his post and will be entering the private sector.

I am pretty sure that this decision to step down was made because of Commissioner O’Neill’s opposition to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s irresponsible and unwelcome plans to close Rikers Island, and build high rise cages for incarcerated New Yorkers in four of the City’s boroughs.

In addition, I am fairly certain that Commissioner O’Neill’s decision to resign was made because Commissioner O’Neill’s opposition to Mayor de Blasio on Ballot Question #2 which, if voters support it in tomorrow’s election, will expand and strengthen the Civilian Complaint Review Board, placing more scrutiny on our already overworked and underpaid NYPD’s police force.

My dear reader, it is disappointing to think that in a city as diverse as New York, that Mayor de Blasio is not expected to select NYPD First Deputy Commissioner Benjamin B. Tucker, who is a minority and has served faithfully for may years, as Commissioner O’Neill’s replacement.

I am Councilman Rev. Rubén Díaz, and this is what you should know.