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6/7/2020 EMERGENCY: Your Rights At Risk
CONTACT YOUR STATE LEGISLATORS TODAY
The New York State Legislature is poised to take up a package of anti-police bills within the next few days. These bills are designed to destroy the morale of law enforcement, diminish our rights and standing in the community and expose us to increased risk, both on and off the job.
We need EVERY SINGLE PBA MEMBER & FAMILY MEMBER to contact their Assembly Member and State Senator TODAY. Follow these instructions:
6/4/2020 NOTE FROM OFFICER
Written By An NYPD Officer On The Front Lines Tonight.
Please Make This Go Viral. The World Needs To Know.
Almost 32 years with NYPD, I have never felt such disgust, hopelessness, and anger. Manhattan was occupied territory tonight, we were totally outnumbered by miscreants. They were brazen, laughing and rampant. It was so prevalent there was nothing a police officer could do according to the rules and expectations of the Democrat Party. Our leaders took knees of solidarity with “protesters” during the day, and then had a penis forced down their throats at night. Zero leadership. Zero courage. Complete and utter pandering.
And I heard the Bronx was even worse. I didn’t hear one person say the name George Floyd. It was complete anarchy and savagery. New York, wait until you wake up and see video of Manhattan. It will look like Iraq. If you don’t beg Donald Trump to take charge of these democrat cities across America, your country will be lost.
The shit I saw today disgusted me more than the shit I saw on 9-11. Wasn’t even close.
Going to bed. Good night.
WHAT IT’S LIKE BEING a POLICE OFFICER in NYC on 4/10/2020
Sent in by an NYCPD Officer. Hi All, Count your blessings that you are retired Stay safe! Harvey
I pray that our brother and sister officers and their families stay safe. Unfortunately, we know we are going to lose more. Please share for those that don’t use FB. It is a grim eye opening experience of what they are living:
You start the tour like any other. Standing roll call waiting for your assignment. You look to your left and right and realize today that even more of your co workers are not here . More friends out with the sickness. You think to yourself , they are strong. they’ll be ok. You listen to the sergeant give out assignments. Half of the platoon is being assigned to relieve the earlier tour who are taking reports for DOA (dead on arrival). This is common during tour change now as it’s been taking the Medical examiner anywhere from 6-10 hours to come to collect the bodies. It used to be a 1-2 hour wait. Now it’s you’re whole tour.
In my patrol area we used to get maybe 1 DOA a month during midnight tour. Now we get 5-8 every night. You head out for patrol with your partner. The streets are eerily quiet. You make your normal rounds and find a place to park and wait. Your job phone goes off with notification after notification of ambulance calls for people with corona virus. Most of them start the same, person with cough , fever , tested positive or symptomatic for covid -19 , awake and conscious having difficulty breathing. You’ve been instructed not to respond.
Let EMS handle it they are properly trained and have better PPE. Once an hour the phone goes off with a code change. That last ambulance call, cpr being performed. 1/2 hour later another cpr, 1 hour after cpr again. They died in their homes. Units get assigned to go take the reports. It’s not a lot of paper work but we know they’ll be out for the remainder of tour awaiting the medical examiner. More units assigned to DOAs. We’re being spread thin. Trying to console grieving families with a mask on your face is no easy task.
You cover jobs out of your sector as well as your own. You get a 911 call for someone having a violent mental episode. Great , now you need to transport them with EMS for psychological evaluation at the hospital. The last place you want to be. You don’t want to use the EMS and hospital resources if you can help it because they are busy trying to save lives. Sadly, you have no choice. Now you’re at the hospital with an irate emotionally disturbed person in custody. Stop. Look around. Everyone is coughing. You’re in the emergency room. The same room all covid patients enter. Doctors and nurses are in full head to toe PPE. Gowns, goggles, head cover, n95 masks and gloves. You don’t even have the right n95 mask because you were not supplied properly.
Should I wear 2 surgical masks ? I think one of them is new. Hard to tell I’ve been rotating the same few masks for weeks. Will it matter ? We’ll be out of the hospital soon. Phew back in the car. Sanitize. Wait did I get any virus on my uniform from the ambulance ride? I sure hope EMS had enough wipes to clean the ambulance I rode in. You spend the rest of the night answering jobs. You touch door handles , elevator buttons and people who need help. You never realized how many things or people you touch throughout your tour. You wash your hands every chance you get. Your knuckles are cracked.
The Sanitizer burns your open skin. Doesn’t matter thou. Have to stay healthy. Have to slow the spread. Have to come to work. Have to help people. It’s 7 am now. You hand the keys off to the day tour and say good luck. You know how many people will be waking to check on their loved ones and find them unresponsive. The day tour will be stretched even thinner. As soon as you get home it’s time to shower. Shoes off outside. Uniform in a garbage bag or right into the laundry if you’re lucky enough to have the amenities.
Finally at home, clean and safe. Just don’t get to close to the spouse , kids or pets. I definitely don’t have it, you tell yourself..... I probably don’t have it .....I hope I don’t have it. Have to get to bed so you can wake up and do it again tomorrow.
‘CON GAME’: The Police Benevolent Association claims that the widow of a Police Officer murdered in 1998 was not apprised of a parole hearing for a woman convicted of manslaughter in connection with his killing. The state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision insists notice was sent to family members. The woman, Betsy Ramos, will be released from Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, above, on Dec. 10, but taken into Federal custody for violating conditions of an earlier parole. Read more
NOV 25, 2019
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.”
As we witnessed last night in Brooklyn, many of the individuals who came to the protests were there to harm Detectives and all of our fellow cops. At the 71 Precinct, violent criminals threw Molotov cocktails into an occupied radio car. Fortunately, our brothers and sisters in blue escaped with their lives. In other incidents, cops were hit with bricks, brass knuckles, and bottles. We will NEVER tolerate this — EVER! Nobody is going to overrun our precincts. These are our houses where we proudly serve the public — for the past 175 years.
The DEA urges every Detective to do what they are trained to do — protect themselves and their fellow cops. Always know that we are in your corner fighting for your rights. Keep your eyes open and back one another up, and the DEA will ALWAYS have your back.
In addition to ensuring the strongest possible criminal charges are filed against these vicious criminals, we will be bringing civil actions against any person who harms a Detective. If you are injured, please advise the DEA as soon as possible so we can assist you with anything you need.
These are unprecedented times we are working in, but TOGETHER we will get through this. New York City Detectives make history every day, and leading our city through these issues will be one more reason we are known as “The Greatest Detectives in the World.”
Never hesitate to contact your delegate, trustee, or the DEA office with any concerns.
In unity there is strength.
Paul DiGiacomo, President and the Board of Officers
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
S B A President Ed Mullins
The president of the NYPD sergeants’ union condemned the weekend ambush shooting of two Los Angeles County deputies as “domestic terrorism” — and demanded that nationwide elected officials “take a stand on such crimes against humanity.”
The deputies, a 31-year-old mother and a 24-year-old man, were inside a parked patrol car in the southern LA County city of Compton Saturday night when a lone gunman walked up and opened fire, disturbing surveillance video shows. They were rushed to the hospital in critical condition.
In an open letter to elected officials early Monday, Sergeants’ Benevolent Association president Ed Mullins called the attack a symptom of “the unbridled violence plaguing our nation.”
“It continued unabated this weekend with the attempted assassination of two police officers in Los Angeles,” Mullins wrote. “As they were battling for their lives, scores of protestors descended on the hospital, blocked entrances, and chanted that the officers should die.”
“By any standard, what happened in Los Angeles constitutes terrorism, and the American people deserve to know if elected officials, regardless of their party affiliation, stand with the angry mobs or with law enforcement, who are perilously on their own in this battle against American ideals,” he declared.
“We need to know who is with us, who is against us, and who is spinelessly sitting on the fence to see which way the political winds are blowing,” Mullins wrote. “We cannot effectively do our jobs in this climate of hate, where politicians vote to defund and devalue us, only to then turn around and blame us for spikes in crime.”
President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden have each condemned the shooting. “When we find that person we got to get much faster with our courts, and we got to get much tougher with our sentencing,” Trump told a group of Latino supporters in Las Vegas on Sunday, according to CNN.
Biden called the shooting “absolutely unconscionable.” “Acts of lawlessness and violence directed against police officers are unacceptable, outrageous, and entirely counterproductive to the pursuit of greater peace and justice in America — as are the actions of those who cheer such attacks on,” he said in a statement.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva on Sunday described the condition of the deputies as a “double miracle,” saying that they are both expected to survive after emerging from surgery.
JUNE 2 2020 SBA Letter to Commissioner Shea Demanding Leadership & Direction
Below please find a letter I sent to Commissioner Shea demanding leadership and direction to address the ongoing riots, which have crippled the City. You have spoken and we have heard.
You must know how the City expects you to respond to the looters and arsonists who are threatening your safety and the safety of law-abiding citizens and non-violent protestors. We will continue to fight for you as you fight for the life of this City.
Please click the Link/image below to read the full letter: https://twitter.com/SBANYPD/status/1267968995149438976
Be vigilant and remember, your first priority is to go home safe to your family.
May 30 2020 NEW YORK CITY SERGEANTS BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT ED MULLINS ANNOUNCES UNION’S INTENTIONS TO PURSUE LEGAL ACTION AGAINST PROTESTORS WHO CAUSE INJURY TO NYC SERGEANTS
New York, NY - Ed Mullins, President of the 13,000 member Sergeants Benevolent Association of the New York City Police Department, announced today his Association’s plans to pursue legal claims against protestors who cause injury to any of its members.
“In light of the growing violence attendant to the protest movements across the country, and here in New York City, I am compelled to place protestors who engage in physical violence on a member of service on notice that physical assaults on police officers will not be tolerated,” said Mullins.
“Any assault on a police officer is not only punishable as a felony in the State of New York, but will also be met with swift and certain legal action by the SBA, which will seek monetary damages against any individual who causes injury to a New York City Sergeant.
“To date, a Sergeant in Lower Manhattan was punched in the face by a protestor armed with brass knuckles and we are receiving other reports of officers who have been injured by assailants who have chosen to engage in violent and illegal protest.
“I am deeply concerned that protestors will be emboldened by the recent rash of violent acts against police officers in other cities. New York’s police officers are working around the clock as the already overburdened economy in New York is being drained by the COVID-19 pandemic, and now in response to the recent wave of violent protestors who intentionally and maliciously instigate violent confrontations with the police.
“In response, I have instructed the SBA’s attorneys to pursue the harshest possible civil sanctions - including monetary damages - against any individual protestor who causes injury to my members. Protestors are not immunized from civil liability merely because their victims are wearing the uniform of the New York City Police Department.”
Mar 3 2020 I Was On The Bernie & Sid In The Morning Radio Program This Morning.
Please Click The Link Below To Hear Our Discussion Of The Failed Policies Of Mayor Bill De Blasio.
Sergeants' Union President Ed Mullins Praises Incoming Nypd Commissioner Dermot Shea
The head of the NYPD sergeants’ union praised the new police commissioner Sunday saying the top cop is “taking all the right steps” — after years of sparring with his predecessor. Commissioner [Dermot] Shea is so far doing all the right things from what I can see,” Sergeants Benevolent Association president Ed Mullins said on “The Cats Roundtable” with radio host John Catsimatidis on AM 970. “I think he’s taking all the right steps at this point.”
“Unfortunately, he’s been left with a real bucket of garbage from his predecessor,” Mullins said, taking a familiar swipe at former commissioner James O’Neill, who retired at the end of November. The union head said the new commissioner “is trying to balance the job” as the state undergoes to start the new year massive statewide criminal justice reform — with new lax bail laws and discovery requirements that came under fire by critics before they were even rolled out.
The recent reform even drew criticism from Mayor Bill de Blasio last week who called for the laws to be amended. “We’ve weakened the laws. We’ve weakened the Police Department,” Mullins said before taking aim at city district attorneys, claiming they are not enforcing the laws.
Supporters of the reform say the changes help prevent people from being jailed just because they are poor. We *know* the alternative didn’t work,” Scott Hechinger, senior staff attorney and director of policy at Brooklyn Defender Services, tweeted Saturday. “Injustice, tens of millions [of] dollars wasted, racism, higher recidivism rates, family separation. 2 systems. One for rich. One for poor. Have patience for change."
A New Year’s Message
As we embark on the new decade, we will be facing a multitude of daunting challenges.
There is nothing more important than you getting home to your loved ones at the end of your tour, so please continue to perform your duties with vigilance and always be aware of potential dangers. The ineptitude and lack of support of our elected and appointed officials is unfathomable, so it is important that you remember the SBA will always have your back. I thank you all for your tremendous service under the most trying of conditions and wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2020.
12/25 It is hard to believe another year has come to an end, and 2019 has been quite eventful. Two NYPD officers lost their lives in the performance of their duties and 10 active members took their own lives. With new bail reform and criminal justice initiatives scheduled for 2020, we can only expect more chaos than we just experienced. I cannot reiterate enough the importance of remaining vigilant at all times. Nothing is more paramount than your safety and you getting home to your families at the end of your tour.
Please take the time this holiday season to reflect on the past year, as well as the one ahead, and to recognize all of the positive things in your life. While doing our daunting work it is easy to take our blessings for granted, so it is important that you recognize all that you have to be grateful for.
Also please take a moment to say a prayer for all of our fallen comrades, sick and departed members, and military personnel, many of whom are spending the holidays deployed and far from home.
Don’t ever forget that you are universally recognized as the finest frontline supervisors in the world as you perform your duties with unrivaled excellence.
I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year and thank you once again for the privilege of serving as your President.
United States Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen recently spoke at Wake Forest Law School. His words below should hearten law enforcement and provide hope for change in an anti police society.
I believe this is a must read for every man and woman wearing a law enforcement uniform.
June 2, 2020 ATTEMPTED MURDER OF A NYPD LIEUTENANT
As the politicians hunker down in their ivory towers and consistently look to point the finger of blame at law enforcement for all the societal ills realistically created by their misdirected and hollow civic policies, our police officers are being attacked. The other night one of the rioters, under the cover of being a "peaceful protestor", took a brick, snuck up behind one of our fellow lieutenants and murderously took a full swing hitting the lieutenant in the back of the head; thankfully the lieutenant was wearing his riot helmet. The vicious blow to the head caused the lieutenant to collapse to the ground, and as the crowd surged a police officer drew his weapon on the aggressive crowd to protect the lieutenant, himself and other officers from imminent threat to their personal safety. And, the action of the officer is now under investigation by the Department. Please look at the attached disturbing video and pay attention to the coward creep up behind the white shirted lieutenant and murderously take a full swing at the lieutenant's head. Incredibly, the lieutenant eventually got back on his feet, refused to leave the scene and insisted on staying with his officers. Below is a photo of the lieutenants riot helmet.(click photo for larger view)
Incomprehensibly, the politicians, our mislabeled civic leaders, continue to focus on the supposed aggressive actions of our officers and, as has become the norm, they continue to pander to the now comically labeled "peaceful protestors". The politicians gloss over the issue that our police officers are now routinely being attacked, i.e. officers routinely having objects thrown at them, Molotov cocktails thrown at occupied police vehicles, officers being struck by vehicles, police officers being surrounded and attacked by mobs, police officers being shot and killed in Oakland, Las Vegas, and Louisville.
In his news conference today Governor Cuomo, the highest elected official of our state, detailed how he will further cripple the police from performing their functions and then sternly, adamantly and almost proudly called the New York City Police Department incompetent. It is his failed policies, specifically the elimination of cash bail and completely removing the discretion of judges to set bail, that has helped exacerbate the riotous situation we are facing. He looks to impose more restrictions on policing and calls us incompetent. He continues to insinuate that the police are racists and brutal and doesn't understand why police community relations decline. This man was going to lock people up for not social distancing and shut the utilities of stores that didn't close during a pandemic but now has no problem with supporting and encouraging enormous crowds forming to peacefully protest; which in reality creates the perfect cover for criminals to break off, to attack our police officers, destroy property, loot and then secrete themselves back into the crowd and disingenuously raise their hands and chant the anti-police catch phrase of the day with other protestors.
However, the Governor has solved our problems, he stated that it is easy to pick out the looters from the peaceful protestors, he doesn't understand how the NYPD can't do this. Please Governor Cuomo, please come to one of the large chaotic "peaceful" protests and point out the looters for our police officers to arrest. And, while you are at it, please show our officers how to properly arrest violent criminals with one hand tied behind their back and the other hand being twisted by an out of touch and completely detached politician. Finally, Governor, you can show me how to do this several times since your elimination of bail ensures that criminals are rapidly released back into society to prey on the law abiding. How dare you call the members of the NYPD incompetent, when it is your misguided policies that have created an environment where police can not police and you provide additional incentives to those who want to destroy society and commit crimes against people, law enforcement and property. You, and your administration, have completely abandoned and insulted the members of the New York City Police Department.
Regarding the attempted murder of our fellow lieutenant, after contacting him to check on his wellbeing, we had a discussion and with his agreement a complaint report was prepared for attempted homicide, he received a medical evaluation and attention, a Line-of Duty Injury Report was prepared, and his helmet was vouchered for evidence. I am asking that any lieutenant who is the target and victim of any crime associated with the "Peaceful protestors" ensure that they have a Complaint Report prepared documenting the incident, receive medical attention if necessary, have a Line-of-Duty Injury Report prepared, voucher any evidence associated with the attack, go Line-of-Duty sick if necessary, and to please contact the LBA.
Ladies and gentlemen, please protect yourselves and those you supervise the best you can. It is painfully obvious that no civic leaders support us, nor do they genuinely care about our safety. They spout disingenuous words to retain our assistance to clean up the problems they've created, but they are proactively willing to use us as scapegoats and sacrifice our safety just to ensure their political survival. Their actions are disgusting, irresponsible, hypocritical, and unconscionable.
MAY 31, 2020 What World Are We Living In? The Perpetual Political Tool of Second Guessing the Police
Governor Cuomo has now decided that he will have New York State Attorney General, Letitia James, investigate the New York City Police Department's handling of the riots in Brooklyn. This is mind boggling. What world are we living in? So let me get this straight: A preplanned violent riot (social media postings were circulated stating be ready to escalate) orchestrated by anarchists and professional agitators (many from out of state) targeted at police officers results in at least 40 police officers wounded, at least two Police Precincts attacked and almost occupied by protestors, several police vehicles vandalized or set on fire, a Lieutenant punched in the mouth with brass knuckles, a Precinct commander losing several teeth, the attempted murder by arson of three police officers, and the Governor is going to have the Attorney General investigate how the police acted during this civil revolt?
Our cowardly politicians are fixated on a single instance, out of hundreds of physical confrontations throughout a riot, in which a protestor was pushed to the ground. These politicians won't even come to the area of the riots (until the riots are over and they are escorted by members of law enforcement securing their safety). How would they react if put into a uniform (target), tolerating a prolonged wave of verbal abuse by agitators, being pelted by objects thrown at you, joltingly being involved in a chaotic, fluid physical riot in which you have to protect yourself and those around you while attempting to identify who in your immediate vicinity may be a threat? Again, these politicians sit in the security of their political towers and second guess how our officers should react to immediate and perceived threats to their physical wellbeing and safety during a riot. Are they so willing to sacrifice the safety of police officers to selfishly troll for votes? Do they consider the safety and lives of police officers that cheap and expendable? These politicians need to walk a mile in our shoes, and experience the chaos and uncertainty of a riot, before second guessing our actions. They need to wake up to reality and get their priorities in order. They need to see the real world our officers face in a riot.