Top cop Joseph Esposito retires

Joseph Esposito is seen here comforting Tatiana Timoshenko, the mother of Detective Russel Timoshenko, killed in the line of duty. (Credit: Todd Maisel/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images.)
Joseph Esposito is seen here comforting Tatiana Timoshenko, the mother of Detective Russel Timoshenko, killed in the line of duty. Credit: Todd Maisel/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images

The top-ranking cop in the NYPD, Chief of Department Joseph Esposito, retired on Wednesday.

His retirement comes as a result of city administrative code, which states that no uniformed officer can work past his 63rd birthday.

Esposito was known throughout his career for preferring to work on the street over his office, according to the Wall Street Journal, and in particular for his presence during Occupy Wall Street.

On Oct. 16, 2011, Esposito pushed his way into the middle of a rising altercation between riot police, as well as police horses, and a group of protesters scrambling to avoid being trampled, the Journal reported. Esposito directed his subordinates to retreat, much to their surprise, he recalled.

The protesters apparently erupted into cheers, some even chanting the chief’s name.

“Isn’t that great?” Esposito said to the Journal. “Isn’t that absolutely phenomenal?”

Esposito’s involvement in Occupy Wall Street was not always celebrated, however. In a video last March, Esposito was seen hitting a protester with a baton.

The video has since been removed, but the New York Times described Esposito’s actions: Apparently the chief was instructing protesters to stay on the sidewalk, and when one protester did not obey, Esposito struck him on the shoulder twice.

“You can’t make everyone happy all the time,” Esposito told the Journal, speaking of such incidents.

Various reports indicate that the chief was a beloved figure in the force, and in an interview with CBS, Esposito expressed his love for his job.

“I haven’t worked a day in 44-and-a-half years,” he said. “Every day has been a pleasure coming to work.”

Follow Danielle Tcholakian on Twitter @danielleiat



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Interfaith leaders denounce anti-Muslim harassment in Brooklyn

Community leaders of all faiths gathered in Brooklyn on Tuesday to push back on what they described as hateful acts against the local Muslim community.

National

Parched Texas town turns to sewage water to…

By Marice RichterDALLAS (Reuters) - When the going got tough due one of with worst droughts in a century, the parched Texas city of Wichita…

International

NYPD: Robber makes elderly man drive to Queens…

A robber grabbed an elderly man's neck outside a Queens supermarket, stole his wallet and made him drive to ATMs for withdrawals last week, police said.

Local

Tattooed, bearded suspect sought in Williamsburg bike theft:…

The suspected thief faces grand larceny charges after investigators said he entered the building on North 5th Street in Williamsburg.

Television

'Face Off' contestant David 'DOC' O'Connell sounds off…

David "DOC" O'Connell tells us about getting cast on Season 7 of Syfy's "Face Off," premiering tonight at 9.

Arts

PHOTO: Wildlife photographer Marc Mol captures amazing aerial…

This aerial image was taken by photographer Marc Mol who spotted the animals during an air safari in Zambia.

Arts

Theater: “Love and Human Remains” is like a…

"Love and Human Remains" is the worst show we've ever not walked out of.

Movies

Review: 'A Most Wanted Man' works better when…

In one of his last roles, Philip Seymour Hoffman headlines the John Le Carre adaptation of "A Most Wanted Man," about the pursuit of a Chechen refugee.

MLB

MLB Power Rankings: A's, Angels, Dodgers, Brewers lead…

MLB Power Rankings: A's, Angels, Dodgers, Brewers lead pack

NFL

2014 NFL season betting odds: Which team will…

2014 NFL season betting odds: Which team will win Super Bowl?

NFL

5 players to watch at Giants training camp

Metro takes a look at five players who will be on everyone’s mind when Giants training camp gets underway.

NFL

'Vicktory dogs' travel road to rehabilitation seven years…

Of the dozens of dogs groomed by Bad Newz Kennels, 48 were rescued and 22 of the pit bull terriers have emerged at Best Friends Animal Society.

Home

5 New Ikea products that will change your…

We round-up the latest must-have products.

Food

Recipe: Wolfgang Puck's Buttermilk French Toast

We recently spent some time chatting with restauranteur/celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck at his Wolfgang Puck American Grille in the Borgata in Atlantic City. Puck wanted…

Style

Go retro with your sneakers

The best of wacky new sneakers.

Parenting

Buy gently worn back-to-school clothes with Kidizen

Kidizen allows parents to buy and sell gently worn back-to-school clothes.