NYPD Commissioner Announces Surprise Resignation Amid City's Racial Tensions

Posted: Aug 02, 2016 11:30 AM

Update: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has thanked Bratton for his service and announced his successor.

New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton has announced his resignation on Tuesday, ABC News is reporting.

Ahead of the announcement, Bratton, who had served twice as NYPC commissioner, had been pressured by groups associated with Black Lives Matter to step down. They organized protests in Manhattan on Monday, demanding accountability against what they view as police brutality against minority communities. Some even called the NYPD “terrorists.”  

The protesters insisted they wouldn’t go home until Bratton resigned. 

Despite these demands, Bratton's decision still comes as a surprise. He will officially resign next month to work in the private sector. 

As The New York Times is noting, Bratton is "the most widely recognized face in policing."