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10-31-2014, 09:37 PM
Philip Banks III, NYPD's highest uniformed official, resigns (http://www.newsday.com/news/new-york/philip-banks-iii-resigns-from-the-nypd-law-enforcement-official-says-1.9569163)



Philip Banks III, the highest-ranking black member of the NYPD, quit his job Friday as chief of department just days before a major promotion was to take effect.

Banks, a 28-year veteran of the NYPD, told Commissioner William Bratton about his decision just minutes before they were slated to have a regularly scheduled 9 a.m. weekly meeting at City Hall with Mayor Bill de Blasio, Bratton told reporters.

"It is with great regret that I'm going to accept that resignation," Bratton said at City Hall. "I think the world of Chief Banks. He's been a very able, capable and loyal partner to me over these last 10 months."