NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton to resign

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The leader of the nation’s largest police department is stepping down.

New York Police Department Commissioner William Bratton, who served in the same role in the 1990s, is resigning, according to two city officials.

Last week, Bratton announced that he would step down in 2017. James O’Neill, the current NYPD chief of department, will be the next commissioner, according to the officials.

It’s unclear why Bratton has chosen to resign now after retaking the NYPD helm in December 2013. When he returner, crime rates were low, but tensions with the community were high because of his predecessor’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy that critics say targeted minorities.

Mayor Bill de Blasio was expected to address Bratton’s resignation at a noon news conference.

By Ray Sanchez