NYPD Chief of Patrol Fausto Pichardo resigns after tensions with police-bashing Mayor de Blasio

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NEW YORK CITY, NY – The NYPD confirmed that Chief of Patrol Fausto Pichardo put in his retirement papers on Tuesday, following friction between him and Mayor Bill de Blasio over the city’s lockdown protests over the past several weeks.

Protests exploded when the area was placed under lockdown again, in the midst of soaring COVID-19 infections.

Pichardo returned home after working 36 hours straight at last week’s violent Orthodox Jewish protests in Borough Park. The protests were due to the lockdown seemingly coinciding with two Jewish holidays at the end of September, and therefore were perceived as being discriminatory against the religion.
 
According to sources, Chief Pichardo went to sleep and missed a call from the mayor, but returned the call when he woke up.
 
That apparently wasn’t good enough for the mayor, as de Blasio summoned Pichardo to City Hall on Friday to call him out for not answering the phone. This came after weeks of tension between Pichardo and de Blasio due to the mayor constantly calling and texting Pichardo.
 
Late Saturday night, de Blasio harassed Pichardo with a barrage of texts about a block party in the Bronx after Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced new restrictions on schools, businesses, and houses of worship in areas where coronavirus infection rates have increased.
 
The text harassment was the final straw, leading Pichardo to his decision to resign. De Blasio sent the Chief what sources told Pix11 were “rude and unprofessional” messages.
 
According to the Daily News, Pichardo had endured weeks of tension with the mayor, who has been deeply unpopular among the NYPD for years. De Blasio has a history of contacting NYPD chiefs directly.
 
NYPD ranks are at their lowest levels in nearly ten years, due to anti-cop sentiment in the wake of George Floyd’s death and the city beginning the “defunding” process. Retirement has become a trend with almost 400 police officers retiring every month from June through September.
 
Mayor Bill de Blasio has alternately alienated many activists and police officers in a year defined by the coronavirus pandemic and riots continue after months of unrest and conflict, with no end in sight.
 
Sources told The Daily News that City Hall officials are “pleading with him to reconsider.”
 
Pichardo has given his 30-day notice
 
De Blasio said:
 
“Chief of Patrol Pichardo is a deeply respected leader in the NYPD and City Hall is continuing to have conversations with him regarding his future.”
 
In a statement, the NYPD said:

“Chief Fausto Pichardo, the NYPD Chief of Patrol, filed for retirement on Tuesday, ending an accomplished more than two-decade long career in the New York City Police Department.

“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.”

Sergeants Benevolent Association president Ed Mullins said:

“Chief Pichardo was an asset to the NYPD. Sadly, Mayor de Blasio does not and has never valued the talent that exists in the NYPD. Pichardo’s resignation is a loss to the NYPD, the City of New York and the overall Hispanic community.”

Pichardo was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to New York when he was nine. He grew up on the Lower East Side at a time when the neighborhood was considered one of the most dangerous places in the city.
 
He joined the department in July 1999 and rose quickly through the ranks, eventually becoming the precinct commander at the 33rd police precinct in Washington Heights, then commanding officer of the 43rd Precinct in the Soundview section of the Bronx. He was the highest ranking Hispanic officer at the NYPD.
 
Pichardo was named chief of patrol by Commissioner Dermot Shea in December 2019.
 
According to Pix11, he said:
 
“I’m proud to represent Dominicans, Latinos, immigrants, my family. It’s what really makes me proud, having this tremendous opportunity.”   
 
In his role, Pichardo oversaw a majority of the force’s 22,000 uniformed police officers, who are assigned to each of the department’s 77 precincts citywide. 
 

BROOKLYN, NY- Last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo implemented new anti-Covid-19 measures to try to stop hot spot clusters in Brooklyn, Queens, and several New York City suburbs from spreading further. These clusters happen to be within the Orthodox Jewish community, and they are not happy about the restrictions. 

Law Enforcement Today reported last week that Governor Cuomo proclaimed that he had spoken to members of the mentioned community prior to announcing his latest set of restrictions on October 6th, referring to the interaction as a “good” dialogue:

“I spoke to members of the Orthodox Jewish community today. I spoke to the leaders myself this morning. We had a very good conversation…I have been very close to the Orthodox community for many years. I understand the imposition this is going to place on them, and I said to them I need their cooperation.”

A recent statement released by Agudath Israel, which is an organization that represents the Haredi Orthodox communities, coined this “good conversation” that Governor Cuomo had with members of the community as more of a “monologue”:

“It should be made clear that the Governor’s reference to a ‘good conversation’ he had with a group of Orthodox Jewish leaders was largely a one-way monologue and contained no mention of this new plan.”

To show their frustration, some members of the Orthodox Jewish community took to the streets, to protests in the Borough Park neighborhood for several nights. 

Jewish Insider reporter Jacob Kornbluh claimed on Twitter, that during protests on Wednesday night, October 7th, he was brutally assaulted by a well known protester named Harold “Heshy” Tischler.

Kornbluh claimed that:

“[Tischler] recognized me and ordered the crowd to chase me down the street.”

Tischler is a candidate for New York City Council.  He’s also a supporter of President Trump as well as an outspoken critic of social distancing restrictions.

Kornbluh reported the incident, and Tischler was taken into custody Sunday evening in connection with an alleged assault.

Kornbluh tweeted that he was hit in the head and kicked by members of the crowd at Wednesday night’s protests. He thanked “heroic police officers” for saving him.

 

On Sunday, October 11th, a New York City Police Department spokesman confirmed Tischler’s arrest on Twitter, saying: 

“The New York City Police Department Warrant Squad has taken Harold ‘Heshy’ Tischler into custody. He will be charged with inciting to riot and unlawful imprisonment in connection with an assault of a journalist that took place on October 7, 2020 in Brooklyn,” 

According to MSN, Tischler tweeted a video last week that he would be “arrested Monday” or will be turning himself in for inciting a riot. “I’ll be taken in Monday morning, I’ll be going into prison.”

He said he would be pleading not guilty because:

“I did not commit this crime of violence, nobody was arrested that night.”

He continued:

“I’m thinking maybe let them come get me,”

 

Kornbluh told CNN Friday that Tischler’s account of the events are “inaccurate” and maintains that it will be confirmed once the investigation is complete.

Kornbluh said:

“I have shared my communications with him with authorities and have faith in the process,” 

The New York Post has now reported that protester’s are gathering outside the home of Kornbluh, and the NYPD are protecting his residence. 

 

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