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Daniel Pantaleo Sued Before — 3 Times — by Black Defendants

By    |   Friday, 05 Dec 2014 04:25 PM

Daniel Pantaleo, the New York City police officer who put Eric Garner in a chokehold, has been sued before — three times — for allegedly violating the rights of black people he arrested.

Nationwide protests have been held since the grand jury announced Wednesday that Pantaleo would not be indicted for the death of Garner.

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USA Today highlighted three cases in which Pantaleo, 29, was involved previously:

• In 2013, a federal court lawsuit alleged that Pantaleo and other NYPD officers subjected Darren Collins and Tommy Rice to “humiliating and unlawful strip searches in public view,” among other violations. The case was settled by the city.

• In a separate incident, in which the case is pending, Rylawn Walker said Pantaleo and other officers arrested him for marijuana possession when he “was committing no crime at that time and was not acting in a suspicious manner." The charges against Walker were dismissed and sealed.

Michael Colihan, a defense lawyer, wrote a letter to the court in the case, saying, “To put it mildly, many police on Staten Island have been playing fast, loose and violently with the public they seem to have forgotten they are sworn to protect.”

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• The third lawsuit, filed in November, concerned a marijuana arrest of Kenneth Collins, who said in court documents that he "was subjected to a degrading search of his private parts and genitals by the defendants." The drug charges in that case were also dismissed and sealed.

Pantaleo’s involvement in those additional lawsuits was documented in the media. Staten Island Live reported in July on the settlement in the Collins and Rice case, which was $15,000 for each man.

Jason Leventhal, Collins and Rice's lawyer, told SI Live that Pantaleo lied, saying crack and heroin were on view in the back seat of the car, a move that allowed the police officers at the scene to arrest both men. Wilson, who took a deal, admitted that the drugs were in his pocket, not in view, Leventhal told SI Live.

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