LINE ORGANIZATIONAL NEWS
By RICHARD KHAVKINE
‘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.”
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
JAN 19, 2020 Baltimore Police Attack an Assault of The Senses
The blatant attack on a Baltimore police sergeant is the latest example of the lawlessness and lack of regard for law enforcement that is sweeping the United States.
While taking lawful police action, a suspect spit in the sergeant’s face and refused to be handcuffed. During the ensuing struggle, numerous passersby kicked and dragged the officer, all of which was videotaped.
The sergeant was not the only one assaulted in this horrific incident This was an assault on the senses of every law abiding person and indicative of how dangerous our country has become in cities where the police have been demonized and vilified by appointed and elected officials.
It did not take long for Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby to denounce the local chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police for spewing “political rhetoric” while denouncing this egregious incident.
She is the same prosecutor who quickly condemned and indicted numerous officers in the Freddie Gray case, all of whom were ultimately cleared of any wrongdoing.
Our job has never been more challenging and I urge you all to be cognizant of your surroundings at all times, and put your personal safety, and the safety of police personnel first when taking action.
We are living in the Wild West where despite our noblest efforts the bad guys are winning because of the climate and culture of lawlessness that is being promoted and supported by too many of our purported leaders.
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.