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NY Times: NYC Cops Wary of Roles After Pantaleo's Firing

Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Patrick J. Lynch exults to the media following Daniel Pantaleo's firing
Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Patrick J. Lynch exults to the media following a decision to terminate Daniel Pantaleo on Monday. (Kathy Willens/AP)

By    |   Thursday, 22 August 2019 06:52 PM

Some police officers in New York City feel as though their status has been diminished on the streets since Eric Garner's death in 2014, and are disappointed at the police commissioner's decision to fire the officer whose chokehold led to Garner's death, reports The New York Times.

"They've created a whole breed of cop who is afraid to put their hands on people," a sergeant told the Times. "They created a breed of cop that is just petrified."

The NYPD fired Daniel Pantaleo on Monday, a move that was met with forceful rebuke from the police union's top leader.

"We are urging all New York City police officers to proceed with the utmost caution in this new reality, in which they may be deemed 'reckless' just for doing their job," Patrick Lynch, the longtime president of the Police Benevolent Association, said Monday.

"We will uphold our oath, but we cannot and will not do so by needlessly jeopardizing our careers or personal safety," he added.

In 2014, a Staten Island grand jury refused to indict Pantaleo on criminal counts. Then a five-year review by the Trump and Obama Justice Departments ended with no civil rights charges, though the Garners collected nearly $6 million in a wrongful death settlement with New York City.

Some police officers say a radical shift has taken place since Garner's death.

"It just seems that (Mayor Bill de Blasio's) attitude has everybody afraid of acting and doing their job the way they're supposed to," said Officer William Rivera, who is a union delegate.
"It's become a job where it's reactive rather than proactive, and the guys that are out there being proactive are the ones who'll wind up getting hurt."

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Police officers in New York City are disappointed at the commissioner's decision to fire the officer whose chokehold led to Eric Garner's death, according to The New York Times.
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