New York police commissioner resigning

The commissioner of the largest police force in the country is resigning.

New York Police Department Commissioner William Bratton will announce his resignation Tuesday, according to The Wall Street Journal.
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Bratton will be replaced by Chief of Department James O’Neill, city officials familiar with the matter told the newspaper.

Bratton, 68, told Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) of his decision last week, according to the newspaper, which reported Bratton will step down next month.

The outspoken commissioner will head to the private sector after 45 years in public life, according to multiple reports.

Bratton has been a figure on the national stage, including in the debate this year over domestic surveillance tactics involving Muslims amid heightened fears of terrorism.

He feuded with Republican Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzFiorina: Biden picking Harris for VP 'a smart choice' Russian news agency pushed video of Portland protestors burning a Bible: report After trillions in tax cuts for the rich, Republicans refuse to help struggling Americans MORE in April, criticizing the Texan's remarks in favor of monitoring U.S. Muslim communities after the terrorist attack that month in Brussels.

"We do not surveil any particular group," Bratton said at the time.

Bratton has continued speaking out on political issues, this week stepping into GOP presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpUSPS warns Pennsylvania mail-in ballots may not be delivered in time to be counted Michael Cohen book accuses Trump of corruption, fraud Trump requests mail-in ballot for Florida congressional primary MORE's feud with the parents of a slain Muslim American soldier.

Bratton appeared in a video message thanking Muslim police officers that was posted to the mayor's Twitter account on Monday: 

"We stand with you, we stand with you to defeat the forces of bigotry that might seek to work against you," Bratton said in the video.
 
"This department is here for you, this city is here for you, and I will be here for you," he added.