Officer Who Choked Eric Garner Gets Pay Raise

| by Jordan Smith
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The NYPD officer who choked Eric Garner to death in July 2014 has received a pay increase.

Daniel Pantaleo made $120,000 in the fiscal year ending in July, up from $105,000 the previous year, according to the Daily Mail.

An NYPD spokesman said Pantaleo’s pay, which included a base salary of $78,000, was normal and could be explained by the fact that he had to work overtime. However, around $13,000 of Pantaleo’s pay was made up of unspecified bonuses.

“At times officers are required to work beyond their scheduled tour of duty; this includes officers on modified assignment,” the spokesperson said, according to the Mail.

Pantaleo has been on desk duty since Garner’s death.

A medical examiner ruled Garner’s death was a homicide, but a Staten Island grand jury refused to lay charges against Pantaleo.

“This seems like movies. A bad one. No justice, no records, mayor tells me all lives matter. Pantaleo gets a bonus,” wrote Erica Garner, Eric’s daughter, on Twitter.

The issue of Pantaleo’s pay comes on top of controversy surrounding the NYPD’s decision not to post notices of promotions, transfers and retirements to the media. The police force cited an old privacy law, which has not been observed for nearly 30 years, to justify the move.

After criticism, the NYPD agreed to publicize promotions, transfers and retirements, but disciplinary action taken against officers will remain confidential.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio supported this position. The city previously appealed a judge’s ruling to release Pantaleo’s disciplinary records.

“God has a way of exposing fraud ... Bill De Blasio can say whatever he wants. Black people here get no justice in his administration in NYC,” Erica Garner wrote in response, according to the New York Daily News.

The NYPD’s decision was widely interpreted as being linked to Pantaleo, who is still awaiting the outcome of disciplinary action.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo appeared puzzled by the NYPD’s shift.

“Many, many years the NYPD disclosed the information. The NYPD now looks at the law and makes a different determination,” Cuomo said.

The outcome of Pantaleo’s disciplinary procedure could see the 31-year-old fired, suspended or completely exonerated. The result will be announced only after a federal investigation into Garner’s death is concluded.

Sources: Daily Mail, New York Daily News / Photo credit: Daily Mail

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