NYPD Chief of Patrol Fausto Pichardo hit his breaking point after working grueling hours covering protests against state-imposed coronavirus lockdowns in Borough Park last week — only to be harangued by the mayor afterward, the sources said.
When he got home from one of the shifts, Pichardo missed a call from Mayor de Blasio which sources say led to a “blow out” over the phone.
Hizzoner “routinely loses his s—t about missed phone calls,” another source added.
Then, on Saturday night, the mayor’s office texted Pichardo several times about a house party in the Bronx.
The mayor wanted Pichardo to handle a block party that Pichardo felt a precinct commander could.
“We have a pecking order in connection with who does what, and when the mayor subsequently picks and chooses or elects who he sees fit to deal with a particular instance, it fractures the chain of command within the NYPD,” former NYPD lieutenant Darrin Porcher told CBS2.
Pichardo, who oversees the department’s “largest and most visible bureau” — including a majority of its nearly 24,000 uniformed police officers — was appointed by Police Commissioner Dermot Shea in December, according to the NYPD.
He went on to hold a number of high-profile posts, including as commanding officer of the 33rd Precinct in Washington Heights and commanding officer of the 43rd Precinct in the Soundview section of the Bronx.
Before being tapped for Chief of Patrol, he served as the Executive Officer in the Patrol Services Bureau under Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison.
Pichardo was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to New York City at the age of 9, the Manhattan Times reported in 2018.
At a promotion ceremony that year, Pichardo recalled how his public school education influenced his career as a police officer, the paper reported.
“I went to school with every race, creed and religion, every type of kid,” he said at the time.
“The only way that the city will continue to thrive, is by strengthening those bonds, ensuring that we do our jobs, but you do your part too,” he added.
Then-police commissioner James O’Neill lauded him at the ceremony, saying Pichardo is a “great cop, but more importantly, he’s a great human being.”
The department confirmed his resignation.
“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.”
“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,” the rep, Bill Neidhardt, said, indicating discussions were ongoing.