NYC Police Union Defends Officer Daniel Pantaleo Who Helped Kill Eric Garner
The Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York defended Officer Daniel Pantaleo who helped kill Eric Garner on July 17, 2014 with an illegal chokehold, which Pantaleo has denied using.
New York City Police Department Commissioner James O’Neill announced today that Pantaleo had been fired for his part in Garner’s death.
Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York President Patrick Lynch claimed O’Neill had bowed to “anti-police extremists,” notes the New York Times.
Lynch also claimed the NYPD chief was bowing to the pressure of “cop haters” and said he had “opened the door for politicians to dictate the outcome of every single NYPD disciplinary proceeding.”
In reality, NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Trials Rosemarie Maldonado found officer Daniel Pantaleo had committed “grave misconduct” in the death of Garner,who was allegedly selling loose cigarettes when police killed him, notes CNN:
[T]he use of the chokehold fell so far short of the objective reasonableness that this tribunal found it to be reckless — a gross deviation from the standard of conduct established for a New York City police officer. Moreover, respondent’s glaring dereliction of responsibility precipitated a tragic outcome.
[T]here is only one appropriate penalty for the grave misconduct that yielded and equally grave result, respondent can no longer remain a New York City police officer.
O’Neill insisted that he did not believe that Pantaleo intended to grievously harm Garner, but added there was no reason for Pantaleo to have kept Garner in a chokehold while he was on the ground and complaining that he could not breathe.