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August 19, 2019 PBA Press Conference on Firing of PO Pantaleo
Watch the full, PBA-recorded press conference on the firing of P.O. Pantaleo.
What's New August 19, 2019 Press Releases
PBA statement on Police Commissioner O'Neill's decision to fire P.O. Pantaleo
PBA Chief: Fire Him & Lose Finest
By Rocco Parascandola and Leonard Greene New York Daily News
An administrative judge’s decision to fire Officer Daniel Pantaleo over the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner has “frozen” the city’s Police Department, the head of the city’s largest police union said Friday.
Hours after the long-awaited recommendation to fire the cop was announced, Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch urged the police commissioner to ignore the advice of NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Trials Rosemary Maldonado.
“They’ve taken your power away,” a passionate Lynch said at a Manhattan news conference. “To say a police officer doing his job was reckless will freeze this Police Department. The Police Department is frozen.”
Lynch (inset) drew a line in the sand, offering his own recommendation to the rank and file. He said if Pantaleo is fired, he will instruct cops faced with a suspect who is resisting arrest to call a supervisor or the Emergency Service Unit, and avoid any harm to themselves or their careers. Lynch called the recommendation “a horrendous decision” that would be a mistake for Police Commissioner James O’Neill to follow. “He will lose his Police Department,” Lynch said of the commissioner.
Lynch accused the judge of ignoring the evidence and trampling Pantaleo’s due process rights. He said the decision tells officers that they’re expendable. A police officer has no other choice but to enforce that law,” Lynch said. “We can’t just walk away. It’s not called deescalation, it’s called doing your job.
“The decision that was passed down today saying this police officer was reckless was ludicrous,” Lynch said. “We’ll be considered reckless every time we put our hands on someone.” Lynch was joined by Pantaleo’s lawyer, Stuart London, who said the now-suspended cop was “disappointed” by the recommendation. “He wants to fight going forward,” London said. “ He understands this was going to be the toughest road because of politics.”
DEA in the News
The following testimony was supplied to the House Judiciary Committee by DEA President Michael J. Palladino for their September 2019 oversight hearing on police practices
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Blue Lives Matter NYC Starts Fund for Panteleo Family
Blue Lives Matter New York City has started a fund to assist the family of beleaguered NYPD Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo, currently under suspension for his role in the 2014 Garner case. You can contribute to the fund on the following link, and please pass this along to anyone you feel might be interested in contributing: https://bluelivesmatternyc.org/pages/danny
SBA in the News
Dear Fellow Sergeant
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