The New York Police Department union slammed NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio for his reckless mishandling of the case concerning police officer Daniel Pantaleo, who was not indicted in the 2014 death of Eric Garner.
De Blasio, who’s too busy running for president to govern NYC properly, suggested that he supports Pantaleo’s firing. So far, Pantaleo has been suspended.
Police Commissioner James O’Neill will decide later this month whether to fire Pantaleo.
Patrick J. Lynch, the president of the New York City Police Benevolent Association, told reporters that de Blasio’s anti-police rhetoric has hobbled cops across the city.
“Over the last number of years since this mayor walked into City Hall, I’ve stood at this podium and said [de Blasio’s] decisions will have a chilling effect on New York City police officers,” Lynch said. “Well, the criminal advocates have gotten what they want — the police department is frozen.”
The NYPD union represents 24,000 rank-and-file police officers. Police have long had an antagonistic relationship with de Blasio, who has often sided with criminals over his own police force.
(Source: Fox News)
Eric Garner died in 2014 after officer Daniel Pantaleo placed him in a chokehold when Garner was being arrested for illegally selling untaxed cigarettes in Staten Island, New York.
Garner’s widow received a record-breaking settlement of $8.9 million from the city.
Video showed that Garner refused to be handcuffed, and that’s when Pantaleo used what prosecutors said was a banned chokehold. The 400-pound Garner — who was morbidly obese and asthmatic — suffered an asthma attack during the scuffle with Pantaleo and died from cardiac arrest.
Black Lives Matters activists protested the police, saying the arrest of Garner was racist since he was black and Pantaleo is white. A grand jury recently declined to indict Pantaleo on murder charges.
Last month, the Department of Justice ruled against its Civil Rights division’s recommendation that charges be filed against Pantaleo.
On August 2, Rosemarie Maldonado — the NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Trials — recommended that Pantaleo be fired. NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio — who shouldn’t be commenting on the case since it’s still pending — suggested that he agreed that Pantaleo should be fired.
During last week’s Democrat presidential debate in Detroit, De Blasio vowed that Garner’s family would “get justice.”
“I know the Garner family,” de Blasio said at the debate. “They’ve gone through extraordinary pain. They are waiting for justice and are going to get justice. There’s finally going to be justice.”
About 20 NYC police officers followed de Blasio to Detroit last week to protest him during the debate. “[De Blasio] can’t run the city, can’t run the country!” the officers chanted outside the debate venue.
NYPD union president Patrick Lynch said it was totally inappropriate for de Blasio to comment on the case, since his remarks could influence the outcome.
“You didn’t have to talk to anyone!” Lynch told reporters. “You’re talking to the cameras. You talked to the nation the other day and you said justice will be served for that family and you sent your message to the judge advocate.”
.@nycpba Pres Pat Lynch defends P.O. Daniel Pantaleo on the steps of City Hall as the NYPD prepares to render a decision in his disciplinary case: “After sitting through that trial and listening to that evidence, there is only one result that can come out of it: an acquittal.“ pic.twitter.com/vUKD4tWT1I
— NYC PBA (@NYCPBA) July 31, 2019
Meanwhile, NYC police officers are furious at the level of disrespect and violence directed their way by New York City residents due to Mayor de Blasio’s disdain for law enforcement.
As BizPac Review reported, New York City police officers are being assaulted in broad daylight for doing their jobs — which is to protect the public.
Last week, several alarming videos showed NYPD cops getting doused with water and pelted with buckets to their heads. This is how Bill de Blasio feels about law enforcement.
— NYC Scanner (@NYScanner) July 22, 2019
Please stop spritzing police… before you hate on a cop solely for being a cop, you should spend ONE day in their shoes… pic.twitter.com/k1xno8bv4d
— The Typical Liberal #1 In Exposing Liberal Lies (@the_typical_lib) July 25, 2019
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) July 28, 2019
.@BilldeBlasio has ensured that the thugs in NYC no longer respect or fear the NYPD.
Side note, these cops handled this well. pic.twitter.com/MLBr7d6Q3q
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) July 23, 2019
Shame on @NYPDONeill for continuing to allow @BilldeBlasio to set thug coddling policing policies.
NYPD cops are being insulted, ridiculed, and assaulted but know that if they use justifiable force, their Commissioner won’t back them.
This video is disgraceful and enraging. pic.twitter.com/Dim4ciW5ng
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) July 22, 2019
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