Former Chicago police commander Melvin Roman condemned leadership in a resignation letter handed in Wednesday, months after he was demoted following protests outside of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot's home that blocked traffic, Fox News reports.
Roman was commander of the 14th district, the district where Lightfoot's home is located, before he was relegated to the position of captain and then reassigned to co-commander of the 20th district, CWBChicago reported.
"After over 31 years with the Chicago Police Department, my career has come to an end. I find contemplating retirement similar to contemplating life in general," Roman wrote. "…I will always be proud to say that I was a Chicago Police Officer, although I cannot be proud of our current Department."
"Officers are the most important aspect of our mission," Melvin wrote. "They must have trust and faith in us as supervisors to leave the station and fulfill the missions we decide and they do that because they respect and have faith in the MEN AND WOMEN who lead, NOT the rank! This is a fact that some will never understand."