Upd. April 13, 2016 | 5:00pm
By Julia Marsh, Shawn Cohen and Rich Calder
|Civilian Complaint Review Board chairman Richard Emery and Mayor Bill de Blasio in 2014.|
Mayor de Blasio summoned the embattled head of the Civilian Complaint Review Board into City Hall Wednesday and, after a brief meeting, accepted his resignation amid allegations the former chairman called female colleagues “pussies.”
“After a lengthy substantive discussion with the mayor, he and I agree that the confluence of recent circumstances will preclude me from further fulfilling my goals as chair of the CCRB,” Richard Emery said in a statement.
“Richard knew it was time,” said a City Hall source.
Both Emery and his adversary, the agency’s executive director, Mina Malik, who filed the gender-bias suit less than 24 hours earlier, were supposed to attend a regular, monthly public meeting of the CCRB in Harlem Wednesday night.
But shortly before stepping down Emery emailed his staff telling them that the meeting was canceled. The subject line of his email read: “Mayor’s request,” another source told The Post.
De Blasio later announced that CCRB board member Deborah Archer would immediately take over as acting chair.
In announcing his departure, Emery referred to criticism that his acceptance of fees from his law firm — which files police misconduct claims against the city — clashes with his police watchdog function.
He also alluded to his controversial depiction of the cop union chiefs in February as “squealing like a stuck pig” over the apparent conflict of interest.
“The issues of inhibitions on my law practice, several of my recent public statements and recent litigation have created daily distractions from the success of the CCRB,” Emery admitted.
Police union chief Patrick Lynch said that de Blasio handled Emery with kid gloves compared to how he treats wayward cops.
“Had a police officer made remarks similar to Mr. Emery’s on two occasions, that officer would have been harshly disciplined,” Lynch said. “The next CCRB chairperson should be held to the same high standards that police officers are.”
The brouhaha at the police watchdog group started last fall.
During a September conference call Malik claims Emery said, “I don’t know why everyone is acting like a bunch of pussies” when she and a female CCRB attorney clashed with the chairman over how to discipline two cops who punched a man on a gurney.
Emery, a prominent civil rights attorney, told The Post the remarks were actually meant for NYPD officials who were on the call.
“The comment was directed toward men who were acting cowardly in that particular case,” Emery said. “It had nothing to do with women.”
Malik’s attorney, Douglas Wigdor, applauded Emery’s resignation.
“We are pleased that filing this lawsuit had such a quick and positive impact on the CCRB, and by extension the entire city,” Wigdor said.