NEW YORK — A high-ranking New York Police Department official accused of posting hateful messages online has opted to retire days after the department said it was suspending him without pay.
An NYPD spokesperson confirmed Monday that Deputy Inspector James Kobel, the former head of the department’s workplace discrimination office, had submitted retirement papers.
NYPDKobel was removed as commanding officer of the Equal Employment Opportunity Division and reassigned to the transit unit.
Kobel denied being “Clouseau” when the posts came to light but acknowledged the fiasco would likely end his career.
City Council investigators linked the “Clouseau” messages to Kobel by matching information in them to publicly available details about Kobel’s life and career.
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