NYC Mayor Announces New Policy Of Disciplining Cops Before Investigation Is Done

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a new policy of immediate disciplinary proceedings against NYPD officers.

New York, NY – Shortly after the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced it would not be pursuing charges against New York Police Department (NYPD) Officer Daniel Pantaleo for the death of Eric Garner, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio introduced a new police officer discipline policy for the city.

De Blasio said the new city policy would require immediate disciplinary proceedings against officers involved in incidents where the suspect dies after a police use of force, according to Staten Island Advance.

The policy is in response to complaints about NYPD waiting to hold its own administrative hearings for Officer Pantaleo until more than four years after the incident occurred.

NYPD was following its policy of letting state and federal prosecutors determine whether to prosecute an officer prior to the beginning of departmental disciplinary proceedings.

“Years ago, we put our faith in the federal government to act,” de Blasio said. “We won’t make that mistake again.”

Officer Pantaleo has been working in an administrative capacity for the police department since Garner died while Garner’s family has consistently called for his termination.

Wednesday marks the fifth anniversary of Garner’s death and the day that the statute of limitations expires on most charges Officer Pantaleo could potentially face.

Garner was arrested by NYPD officers on July 17, 2014, after police stopped him for selling individual, untaxed loose cigarettes on a city sidewalk.

He resisted arrest and fought with officers who struggled to take the 350-pound man into custody.

In the process of subduing Garner, video taken by witnesses showed that Officer Pantaleo had his arm around Garner's neck and pressed his face against the sidewalk.

Garner repeatedly told officers “I can’t breathe,” a phrase that became a rallying cry for Black Lives Matter in the months that followed.

Officer Pantaleo later said he tried to use a “seatbelt maneuver” on Garner, and did not mean to put the much larger man into a choke hold.

The suspect lost consciousness on the sidewalk, and died in the hospital an hour later from a medical emergency.

Garner's autopsy report showed no damage to any area of his neck, and it was determined that he died of a medical emergency induced by officers who were arresting him. The medical examiner declared it was a homicide.

A New York Grand Jury declined to indict on any criminal charges.

The federal inquiry has dragged on for five years and split the Justice Department in half between those who want to go after the officer and those who thought the officer did nothing wrong, according to The New York Times.

Donoghue explained federal prosecutors’ decision not to charge Officer Pantaleo.

The U.S. attorney said that while Garner’s death was a tragedy, “the evidence does not support charging Police Officer Pantaleo with a federal civil rights violation.”

He said federal prosecutors could not prove that the officer “willfully used excessive force to violate Mr. Garner’s rights as required under the law,” The New York Times reported.

Frustrated with the long delays from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, NYPD decided to proceed with Officer Pantaleo’s disciplinary trial in May.

It ended in June, but the Civilian Complaint Review Board has yet to return a ruling in the case.

If and when the review board returns its findings, any disciplinary measures taken against Officer Pantaleo will likely be kept private due to New York’s aggressive interpretation of a state law meant to protect personnel records from public view, Staten Island Advance reported.

That manner of handling those records was initially undertaken by de Blasio.

NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Public Information Phillip Walzak said that the Department of Justice’s decision not to charge Officer Pantaleo will have no effect on the administrative disciplinary process that takes place when the Civilian Complaint Review Board rules, according to Staten Island Advance.

Walzak said NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill was waiting for the board’s report, and the recommendation from the NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Trials, prior to making a decision on Officer Pantaleo’s fate.

In addition to the new expedited discipline policy, the mayor said that in the future, the city would call on the federal government to force the Department of Justice to notify families of whether they intend to charge the officer, Staten Island Advance reported.

De Blasio said the policy would allow for the re-opening of the case after a year if new facts were discovered.

“This further reform will make sure no family ever waits years for the answers they deserve,” de Blasio said.

Eric Garner’s family screamed about the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s decision at a press conference with the Reverend Al Sharpton on Tuesday.

Garner’s mother, Gwen Carr, vowed to keep fighting despite the fact she said the U.S. Department of Justice had let her down.

“You killed my son and you won’t get away with it!” she yelled.

Garner’s sister shrieked her displeasure into the microphone.

“I’m going to stand outside and I’m going to scream it. Pantaleo needs to be fired! He needs to be fired!” she demanded. “There is no waiting. There is no nothing. The statute of limitations is tomorrow.”

“Eric died 7/17/14. We’re at 7/16/19!” she continued. “Five years later and there’s still no justice. So no, there will be no calm. No, there will be no peace. No justice, no peace!”

Garner’s mother demanded to be notified by NYPD that Officer Pantaleo had been fired by 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

That did not happen.

Protests were already scheduled for Wednesday, on the fifth anniversary of the date of Garner’s death.

Comments (45)
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shooter
shooter

WTF?

I wouldn't be surprised if every single NYC PD officer quits, right now.

Mirwin8069
Mirwin8069

Who would want to risk his/her life and potential freedom for a city that is obviously out to get them and panders to public opinion ?

JBo
JBo

They aren't going to be happy until the officer is disciplined before ending the call.

eman2000
eman2000

Plain and simple. If Gardner complied. He would be alive. Since he didn't, if he wasn't 100 plus lbs over weight he might be alive. But he's not, He resisted while he was being arrested. He and his family has no one to blame but Eric Gardner. And yet that Communist Piece of crap mayor and ballsless P.C will bend and cave into the criminal family.

Thank You Blue
Thank You Blue

What a piece of trash. The utter disrespect and vilification of the very same officers that risk and unfortunately give their lives far too often to keep our communities safe is disgusting. Our brave men and women who wear their badges with honor are the difference between us being a third world country and a civilized nation. These treasonous scumbags continue to attempt to erode the moral fabric of this great country without an ounce of shame in their being.

Thank You Blue
Thank You Blue

And at what point will people start calling a spade a spade ? Blacks put police lives and well being on the line time and time again with their animalistic behavior and expect that there should be no consequences. At this rate there's gonna be alot more blacks that "can't breathe".

PoetKnows
PoetKnows

About time

trainbuff
trainbuff

Protesting what? That her own son got his own dumbass killed for not complying with a lawful order from law enforcement?

Count me in for that one! NOT!

GForce48
GForce48

Simple, if Garner complied with police commands, he would have survived! He didn't and died as a result of his own actions.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Misleading headline. Proposed alternative: NYC To Do Local Investigations Of Cops At Same Time As Fed / State Investigations

The express
The express

This is what you get with a liberal asshole in office when are the people of New York going to wake the hell up.

Mrdan
Mrdan

This mayor is the biggest ,asshole that city has ever seen the cops turn their backs on him when he speaks @ a,funeral,or other events he's never around when things happen the other day when they had the black out he was across the country wasting taxpayers money. Campaing for president another useless pos

61mouse
61mouse

The only time this ASSHOLE works is to go against the NYPD

MajScallywag
MajScallywag

What happened to due process? The communist mayor wants to do away with the constitution. Jumping to conclusions is never a wise thing. But then, who said that the mayor is wise? Can a socialist/communist be wise or just crafty?

RetCanMilSpouse
RetCanMilSpouse

If Mr Gardner was saying "I can't breathe" aloud, then he clearly could breathe. He was clearly the one at fault for his own death. First by breaking the law and second for resisting arrest thereby causing his blood pressure to skyrocket due to his morbid obesity which caused his heart to stop.

MajScallywag
MajScallywag

What happened to ‘innocent until proven guilty ‘? Did the socialist/communist mayor and democrat presidential candidate do away with the constitution? My advice: sue the city just before all the police officers quit. Would the mayor like anarchy better?

unholyone
unholyone

Any wonder police suicides, especially NYPD, are on the rise? With this and other stress by administrations, why would anyone want to be a cop today?

186
186

On the up side, He will disappear after the November elections. Down side is his replacement will probably a bigger A hole.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Time for a new mayor.

Ladyfluterby
Ladyfluterby

He is and always has been unfit of office. God forbid this ass were ever to gain any steam in his run for president.

Buffrat
Buffrat

I often wonder how his Police Protective Detail puts up guarding this POS. But then I question what kind of cop would do so unless he was an ass kissing climb the ladder type. His entire detail should ask for reassignment.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

How can he do this? Something tells me there will be an almost instant Court Injunction served in this matter. If they are going to do this, then every person arrested must go immediately to prison until a court finds them not-guilty. I don't think a mayor can strip due-process from the officers rights. Sounds like some cops may get rich over this political blunder. I would not blame every officer who quits as a result of this idiocy.

Multipleman1
Multipleman1

If Garner would have obeyed the orders when arrested and not resisted he would be alive today. He made the decision not to.

mcsd1106
mcsd1106

Idiot.

Krocker
Krocker

Poor NY cops.... terrible what's being done to them.

RunCop
RunCop

Fricken liberal puke

RunCop
RunCop

Always the big mouthed lowest common denominators.

reverett456117502
reverett456117502

Surprise!!! Just another idiot rising from the ranks of the worst example of Democrats ever! JFK, Harry S. Truman, FDR, and many others are probably rolling over in their graves with some of these ludicrous & absurd ideas "they" are coming up with these days!

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

This is creating a dangerous situation. Police officers don't act with intent to hurt, maim or kill the people they make contact with. Our first goal is to try and deescalate the situation. The action of the person we are dealing with is how we respond. If you want to be uncooperative or combative then we act accordingly. It's pretty black and white.

Now, he just put the NYPD on notice that they need to be wearing kid gloves while dealing with the public. Maybe the NYPD should just hand out roses or lottery tickets instead of working as police officers should.

BTW, if you can say, "I can't breathe", then you are breathing. You need to be moving oxygen in and out of your lungs in order to speak. This man died because of his morbid obesity and underlying medical issues associated with that.

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

De blasio jumping on the presidency race feels he has to besmirch as many LE as he possibly can!

Grampsdeal
Grampsdeal

Second paragraph was all I needed to read...loser mayor.