New statistics show the number of arrests in New York City are down a stunning 27% from the same period last year, with police officers saying city officials no longer “have their backs” under the current administration.
The downturn comes days after what members of law enforcement describe as the ‘Pantaleo Effect.’ Officer Daniel Pantaleo was fired from the NYPD over his role in the death of Eric Garner on Staten Island earlier this month.
“Police Benevolent Association chief Patrick Lynch responded by angrily telling his members to ‘proceed with the utmost caution’ when answering calls — and new statistics obtained by The Post on Monday suggest officers are heeding his warning,” reports the NY Post.
“Arrests dropped 27% between Aug. 19 — the day Pantaleo was fired — and Aug. 25 compared to the same period in 2018, with police making 3,508 busts compared to 4,827,” adds the Post.
“Who wants to be the last cop standing?” a Manhattan cop said. “If someone’s in trouble and needs help or if a cop’s in trouble, obviously, you do what you have to do as a police officer. But if it’s discretionary, why put yourself in harm’s way?’’
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Original Story: August 19, 2019
The NYPD police officer involved in the 2014 death of Eric Garner has been fired, confirmed Commissioner James O’Neill Monday afternoon.
“Daniel Pantaleo, the New York City police officer accused in the 2014 death of Eric Garner that sparked nationwide outrage, has been fired, Commissioner James O’Neill announced Monday afternoon — spurring a furious response from the department’s police union, which blasted the decision as caving to ‘anti-police extremists,’” reports Fox News.
“None of us can take back our decisions,” O’Neill told reporters, “especially when they lead to the death of another human being.”
“I agree, he can no longer effectively serve as a New York City police officer,” O’Neill said.
Pantaleo was suspended earlier this month after a judge recommended his removal from the NYPD.
“He has chosen to cringe in fear of the anti-police extremists, rather than standing up for New Yorkers who want a functioning police department, with cops who are empowered to protect them and their families,” New York City Police Benevolent Association President Patrick J. Lynch said in a statement. “With this decision, Commissioner O’Neill has opened the door for politicians to dictate the outcome of every single NYPD disciplinary proceeding, without any regard for the facts of the case or police officers’ due process rights.”
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