He had become a focus of increasing anger after allegations that he'd led a police cover-up to to blame fans for the Hillsborough disaster.
Today came perhaps the inevitable. West Yorkshire's Chief Constable Sir Norman Bettison resigned - before the decision was taken out of his hands and into his bosses'.
But Sir Norman went down fighting - still denying that he did anything wrong in the aftermath of the tragedy 23 years ago, when he was a Chief Inspector with the South Yorkshire force.
Relatives of those who died say he should have gone long ago. David Hirst reports.