NYPD chief of patrol quits over dispute with mayor de Blasio
NYPD chief of patrol quits over dispute with mayor de Blasio
NYPD Chief of Patrol Services Fausto B. Pichardo.

Irene Spezzamonte
Staten Island Advance, N.Y.

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — NYPD Chief of Patrol Fausto Pichardo abruptly filed his retirement Tuesday “ending an accomplished more than two-decade long career,” the Department said.

“Chief Pichardo, 43, was the first Chief of Patrol of Dominican heritage in NYPD history and has worked tirelessly in recent months to guide the men and women in uniform through a series of challenging issues that have strained the city and the agency,” the NYPD said in a statement defining him “one of the most highly respected leaders in policing.”

Nobody however expected Pichardo, who was appointed chief of patrol less than a year ago to retire and actually quit over some disagreements with Mayor Bill de Blasio, sources told the Daily News.

The chief of patrol apparently missed a call from de Blasio after a 36-hour shift following the protest in Borough Park last week, the News reported.

Disagreements between Pichardo and de Blasio started over the summer when the city experienced multiple protests following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

A spokesman for the mayor’s office said: “City Hall is continuing to have conversations with him regarding his future,” according to the Daily News.

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