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NYPD's Top Uniformed Officer Resigns

October 31, 2014  | 

Philip Banks III (Photo: NYPD)
Philip Banks III (Photo: NYPD)

The New York Police Department’s top uniformed officer abruptly resigned, just days before he was to be promoted to become Commissioner William J. Bratton’s second-in-command, city officials said Friday.

The reason for the resignation of the officer, Philip Banks III, who held the position of chief of the department, was not immediately clear, the New York Times reports.

Chief Banks’s resignation was a surprise given its timing; it was only Tuesday when Mr. Bratton announced his intention to promote Chief Banks to be the first deputy commissioner.

Chief Banks, who is black, was to have replaced Rafael Pineiro, the highest-ranking Hispanic member of the department. Mr. Pineiro announced his retirement last month amid protests from some Hispanic police leaders who felt he had been forced out.

Both Chief Banks and Mr. Pineiro had been considered possible candidates to replace Mr. Bratton’s predecessor, Raymond W. Kelly, as police commissioner.

Comments (5)

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OldTx @ 10/31/2014 6:07 PM

Stand by to see this guy get a cushy job in the Obama Administration! Or, that he will stand by to see which way the wind blows as there is always things going on "out of the light of day" at the NYPD, of a political nature!

132&Bush @ 10/31/2014 7:20 PM

Either he is the next atty general or there is pictures of him in a dress.

TheRookie @ 11/1/2014 12:40 PM

Never thought about that, but it's a very interesting belief. It would make sense. I'd of wished he was a cops cop & resigned because of the PC crap Bill de Blabio brought to the City of New York. Especially with tying the hands of the street officers.

KevCopAz @ 11/1/2014 4:25 PM

I fear that there is a skeleton in the closet, but hope perhaps he does have another job (oh God not with Obama) in his future. Sad but probably he has a big issue that we have yet to discover.

Ima Leprechaun @ 11/3/2014 1:11 AM

There has to be more to this story.

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